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NNLM Reading Club: Public Health

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Every year, between 50,000 and 90,000 adults who live in the United States die from infectious diseases or their complications. Fortunately, people can survive deadly infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and polio if they are vaccinated.


Fact Sheets


Videos and Infographics

Measles Inforgraphic


There's an NIH for that .... and more

Library Programming

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes vaccines during National Immunization Awareness Month in November. But don't wait! Help remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots throughout the year. Consider using resources and program suggestions from the NNLM.


Citizen Science

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.


Video Discussion

Watch and discuss the PBS NOVA series, Vaccines - Calling the Shots, which takes viewers around the world to track epidemics, explore the science behind vaccinations, hear from parents wrestling with vaccine-related questions, and shed light on the risks of opting out.


NLM Exhibition Program

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Exhibition Program produces lively and informative exhibitions that enhance awareness of and appreciation for the health information resources of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and supportive educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine.

NLM circulates the collection of traveling banner exhibitions free of charge to public, university, and medical libraries, as well as cultural centers across the country for a select period of time. However, the exhibitions and educational resources also are made available online as part of a permanent digital gallery collection. You can view, discuss, and learn anytime.


Vaccine Finder

Add the Vaccine Finder widget to your website to help your community find a vaccination location. Copy the widget code, available in English and Spanish, from website.


Young Readers

Help young readers delve into the biology and mechanisms of infections, diseases, and immunity.

  • Book Cover Science Comics PlaguesScience Comics: Plagues: The Microscopic Battlefield | Falynn Koch | Macmillan | 128 pages | ISBN: 978-1626727526 | Grade Level 4-8
  • Book cover Baby Medical School VaccinesBaby Medical School: Vaccines | Margot Alesund | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2017 | 30 pages | ISBN: 978-1978106819 | Grade Level 1-2​

Workshop Kit

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.


Library Skills Training

The Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) provides in-person and online instruction. Live webinars often are recorded for future viewing. Check the NNLM Training page for a complete list of programs and schedules.

Webinar Information: Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information and Resources


History of Vaccinations