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ERIC Number: EJ833241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Adult Vaccination--A Commentary
Logan, Jennifer
American Journal of Health Education, v39 n5 p318-320 Sep-Oct 2008
Traditionally, vaccines have been associated with childhood. Historically, many of the most-feared communicable diseases attacked infants and toddlers, and those who survived were generally protected from those diseases as adults. During the past century tremendous advances in vaccination spared millions the morbidity and mortality associated with such dreaded diseases as diphtheria, polio and measles. Today, only 300 children die each year from VPDs in the United States. This number reflects a greater than 99% reduction in mortality since the pre-vaccine era. Despite these successes in addressing vaccine preventable diseases for children, vaccination for U.S. adults has been severely neglected. In this article, the author suggests that in order to improve adult vaccination rates, health educators must work with health care providers to address barriers. Health educators should: (1) evaluate and research population segments with low awareness to target for intervention; (2) serve as health information resources to address lack of knowledge that leads to complacency; (3) identify reasons for misinformation and plan strategies to address misinformation; and (4) advocate for improved access to adult vaccination services. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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