Vaccines can go a long way towards eliminating infectious diseases and saving lives. School health professionals—nurses and allied health professionals—are the most knowledgeable members of the school community when it comes to understanding and advocating for vaccines. This is true both in regard to vaccines needed by students and those recommended for adults.
While generally not responsible for providing clinical services to adults, school nurses and allied health professionals are well positioned to inform, educate and advocate for adult immunization within their school communities. They can serve as role models by making sure their own vaccinations are up to date, and can advocate for vaccination with their health colleagues, other school employees, parents, family members and school volunteers.
This guide contains practical tools and resources for school nurses and allied health professionals to increase immunization rates among adults in their communities.