Overview

Over the past 20 years, there has been push back from patients about vaccines. This has been driven by concerns about vaccine safety promoted by the media, celebrities, and (now retracted) scientific reviews. As a result, there have been numerous outbreaks of rare, vaccine preventable infections. There has been a resurgence of mumps, pertussis and respiratory syncytial virus infections. Currently the United States is facing growing numbers of measles cases. These infections put the most vulnerable patients at risk of serious morbidity and mortality. All clinicians should understand what is true and untrue about the anti-vaccine controversy and how to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccination with their patients. Clinicians should also be aware of the most updated adult vaccine recommendations by the CDC and ACIP and ensure their patients are vaccinated properly. Given the recent resurgence of measles, clinicians should also be able to recognize a case of measles, how to diagnose and care for patients with suspected measles, and how to report a case to their local public health department. 

Learning Objectives

  • Define the anti-vaccine controversy
  • Describe the safety and risks of vaccination
  • Review the adult vaccine recommendations by the CDC
  • Recognize measles and practice appropriate reporting and management strategies

 


Faculty

Michael Angarone, DO

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Education
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Chicago, IL

Disclosures

The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty: 

Michael Angarone, DO 

Speaker's Bureau for Allergan Pharmaceuticals 

 

Non-faculty contributors involved in the planning, development, editing, and review of the content have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

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