August Is National Immunization Awareness Month: Let's Get "Fired Up" About Improving Rates

neuroscienceCME Compass Points

Premiere Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2011

This activity offers CE credit for:

Physicians (CME)
All other clinicians will receive a CME Attendance Certificate.

Credit Expiration Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012


Monique Johnson, MD, CCMEP Monique Johnson, MD, CCMEP 
Medical Program Director
CME Outfitters, LLC
Bethesda, MD

Statement of Need

Although it was initially linked to the back-to-school mindset and childhood vaccination, the August National Immunization Awareness Month has become more broadly focused on both childhood and adult immunizations. Such a national observance is warranted, given the facts that 1) current rates did not reach Healthy People 2010 targets and are lagging behind reaching Healthy People 2020 targets for many routine adult vaccinations; 2) the rate of vaccination is a top area of health care disparity outlined in the latest National Healthcare Disparities Report; 3) change in infectious disease trends is rapid; and 4) innovations in vaccines and immunization schedules are ever-evolving.

This Compass Points™ aims to highlight August as National Immunization Awareness Month and in so doing, emphasize the important benefits of vaccination, the perils of undervaccination, and action steps clinicians can take in embracing immunization as a national health care priority, thereby improving rates.

  1. Department of Health and Human Services. National health observance toolkit-August: National Immunization Awareness Month. Healthfinder.gov Website. http://www.healthfinder.gov/nho/augtoolkit.aspx. Updated August 4, 2011. Accessed July 30, 2011.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recommended adult immunization schedule-United States, 2011. MMWR Mob Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60(4):1-4.PMID 21381442.

Activity Goal

To meet specified learning objectives so that clinicians are well equipped to take initial steps to raise adult immunization rates toward Healthy People 2020 national target rates.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the proven benefits of vaccination and the perils of undervaccination.
  • Identify the estimated rates of routine vaccinations in adults for the state in which he or she practices.
  • Commit to improving vaccination rates in adults, in accordance with ACIP guidelines.

Financial Support

Funding for this CME activity is provided by CME Outfitters, LLC

Target Audience

Physicians and nonphysician health care professionals responsible for providing preventive care through vaccination

Credit Information

CME Credit (Physicians):
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Disclosure Declaration

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Dr. Johnson has no disclosures to report.

Howard Bliwise, MD (peer/content reviewer) has no disclosures to report.

Sharon Tordoff, CCMEP (Planning Committee) has no disclosures to report.

Unlabeled Use Disclosure

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