Immunizations

Despite the availability of vaccines for numerous diseases, such as influenza, pneumonia and herpes zoster, vaccination rates among adults for all of these diseases remain far below Healthy People 2020 goals. Vaccination can reduce one’s likelihood of contracting a disease, and more importantly, can significantly reduce the number of people who die from a disease. Although many individuals were vaccinated as children, we see reduced rates of vaccination among adults. Multiple factors can contribute to lack of vaccination among adults, including fear of needles, lack of understanding of the need for the vaccine, concerns as to the ingredients in the vaccine, lack of understanding why some vaccines are needed yearly and others are not, and inconsistent offering of vaccines by providers.

 

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Targeted at African Americans over 65. Explains process and importance of the flu shot, framed by questions.

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Research Professor

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This  2-minute patient education video is targeted at individuals age 65 and older who are eligible to receive a pneumococcal vaccination. The video is designed to share key information about pneumonia and the pneumococcal vaccine as well as one man’s personal narrative about the importance of vaccination.  

This study was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (P01HS21141).

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Research Professor
Associate Professor

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