Book Selections and Health Resources: Vaccine Health
Share Health Information
Although library staff cannot answer specific questions about medical conditions or treatment options, they can guide their community members to trusted health information so that they can make educated decisions about their health and that of their loved ones.
Media and Posters
- Watch the PBS NOVA series, Calling the Shots, followed by a group discussion
- Our Best Shot: Workshop Kit is designed for community leaders hosting workshops for seniors and their caregivers on the basics of vaccination. The “soup-to-nuts” kit covers how vaccines work, common vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety and efficacy, the vaccine schedule for adults 60-64 and 65+, and where and how to get vaccinated. A quiz is designed for participants to use during the workshop as a discussion tool. Consider asking a public health nurse to administer the influenza vaccination.
- Host the NLM Rashes to Research Traveling Exhibit and incorporate its education resources.
- Engage young readers with graphic medicine. Delve into the biology and mechanisms of infections, diseases, and immunity, and also the effect that technology and medical science have had on humanity's ability to contain and treat history's worst diseases.
- Baby Medical School: Vaccines | Margot Alesund | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2017 | 30 pages | ISBN: 978-1978106819 | Grade Level 1-2
- Science Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield | Falynn Koch | Macmillan | 128 pages | ISBN: 978-1626727526 | Grade Level 4-8
Science Friday has teamed up with Flu Near You to recruit a national team of everyday citizens, YOU, to build a real-time map of the rise and fall of influenza-like-illness in the United States. It’s as simple as reporting how you feel each week.
Every year, between 50,000 and 90,000 adults in the U.S. die from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases or their complications. Many serious infectious diseases are acquired in the health care setting and those healthcare-associated infections cost U.S. hospitals between $28.4 and $45 billion each year. But many can be stopped if we take preventative measures.
Library Skills Training
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) provides in-person and online instruction. Webinars are often recorded for future viewing. Check the NNLM Training page for a complete list of programs and schedules.
There's an NIH for that .... and more
The National Institute for Allergies and Immunization Diseases (NIAID) is the leading research agency for research, treatment and prevention of infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases.
The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) encourages the use of its educational resources and promotional materials to help supplement vaccine conversations and outreach with parents, pregnant women, and adults, as well as healthcare professionals.
The Centers for Disease Central and Prevention (CDC) primarily is responsible for disease education and outreach.
- Infant and Early Childhood Immunization Resources
- Childhood Vaccine Assessment Tool
- Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool
- Recommended Vaccines By Disease
- Vaccines for Travelers
Vaccines.gov offers reliable, easy-to-understand information from the federal government on vaccines, immunizations, and vaccine-preventable diseases.