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Spring Forum

Spring Forum

The Advancing Adolescent Health Spring Forum met in May 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands with the following objectives:

  • Build a network of advocates for adolescent immunization
  • Uncover barriers to improving adolescent immunization coverage
  • Share regional perspectives and identify common elements that lead to successful immunization programs
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Event Video Recap 
Video Library
Tackling Immunization Perceptions

Dr. Chiara Azzari discusses the importance of educating parents on the role of immunization in adolescent health and at every stage of life.

Adolescents & Immunization

Dr. Chiara Azzari shares why adolescents are a key target group for immunization, naming social factors that increase the potential spread of disease.

Investing in Immunization

Dr. Evelyn Einstein discusses why vaccination is an important health right for adolescents around the world.

Immunization and Collective Impact

Dr. Evelyn Eisenstein explains the importance of adolescent immunization as she considers the larger public health impact of individual immunization.

Herd Immunity

Dr. Gary Marshall explains the consequences of choosing to not get vaccinated, and why widespread immunization is a necessary step to helping prevent the resurgence of certain diseases.

Taking the Presumptive Approach

Dr. Gary Marshall shares his positive approach to administering vaccines and the importance of explaining the benefits to preventative care.

Targeting Adolescence in Immunization

Dr. Catherine Weil-Olivier explains the importance of educating adolescents about all facets of personal health and health care, including immunization.

Tips for Increasing Awareness of the Importance of Immunization

Dr. Catherine Weil-Olivier discusses the importance of beginning education on immunization early in life with parents, emphasizing the need to continue conversations between adolescents and their parents.

Accomplishments

The Advancing Adolescent Health Spring Forum identified promising practices that successful immunization programs share, and issued a Position Statement with a Call to Action for healthcare providers (HCPs) to prioritize adolescent immunization:

Immunization should be a high priority during all medical encounters with adolescents

HCPs should proactively discuss all available adolescent vaccines, while listening carefully to parent/teen perspectives

Promising practices for adolescent immunization should be identified

Public health efforts should increase access to credible information

Leadership in adolescent Immunization should be cultivated at all levels

All front-line healthcare providers should be involved – including those who work in vaccine clinics, doctors’ offices, schools, pharmacies, public health clinics, and community agencies

Immunization should be a high priority during all medical encounters with adolescents

HCPs should proactively discuss all available adolescent vaccines, while listening carefully to parent/teen perspectives

Promising practices for adolescent immunization should be identified

Public health efforts should increase access to credible information

Leadership in adolescent Immunization should be cultivated at all levels

All front-line healthcare providers should be involved – including those who work in vaccine clinics, doctors’ offices, schools, pharmacies, public health clinics, and community agencies