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With more than 100 members, the Immunization SIG provides its members with a forum to explore and discuss the current special issues of pediatric immunizations; to represent NAPNAP at various national immunization meetings; and to act as a consulting group to members and the national NAPNAP office regarding vaccine preventable diseases and immunization practices.

The Immunization Special Interest Group contributes to the field in the following ways:

  • Distributes biannual newsletter to SIG members containing interesting and current immunization information PNPs can use in practice.
  • Advises in the development of immunization curricula for colleges and continuing education through the Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine.
  • Collaborates with American Nurses Association on childhood immunization topics.
  • Attends national meetings such as Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and Immunization Education and Action Committee of the Healthy Mother's, Healthy Babies Coalition.
  • Consults with national organizations on such efforts as the Prevention Flow Sheets used by the Department of Health and Human Service's Put Prevention Into Practice program.
  • Provides experts to serve on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC).



External Resources

  • The History of Vaccines - development of vaccination and its more contemporary resources such as, activities on herd immunity, how vaccines work and understanding risk - The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • - up-to-date immunization information, including opt-in newsletters and tips pages - Immunization Action Coalition
  • Video FAQs - what parents need to know about vaccination - Every Child By Two
  • Tools and strategies - customizable for use in clinical settings to address immunization barriers and improve parent education -  National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)
SIG Officers: 

Chair: Lacey Miller Eden, MS, NP-C
Co Chair: Cheryl Lynn Cairns, DNP, MSN, CPNP
Secretary: Dana DeShon, DNP, APN, CPNP-PC