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Standards for Practice: Vaccine Recommendation

Strongly recommend vaccines that your patients need, whether your office stocks them or not.

For some patients, a recommendation might not be enough. SHARE important information to help patients make informed decisions about vaccinations:

Share graphicSHARE the tailored reasons why the recommended vaccine is right for the patient given his or her age, health status, lifestyle, occupation, or other risk factors.

HIGHLIGHT positive experiences with vaccines (personal or in your practice), as appropriate, to reinforce the benefits and strengthen confidence in vaccination.

ADDRESS patient questions and any concerns about the vaccine, including side effects, safety, and vaccine effectiveness in plain and understandable language.

REMIND patients that vaccines protect them and their loved ones from many common and serious diseases.

EXPLAIN the potential costs of getting the disease, including serious health effects, time lost (such as missing work or family obligations), and financial costs.

 

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