September 20, 2011

Welcome to the AAP-CA Foundation Vaccine Communication Training Resources Page!

Intended for use by primary care residency training programs

Addressing vaccine hesitancy and refusal among families and individuals continues to be a

significant challenge for many practicing physicians. Engaging and addressing both persistent myths

and thoughtful questions regarding the safety and efficacy of vaccines in the context of a busy

practice requires skills and resources.

Below are residency training materials about vaccine safety communication.

These were developed over a two-year period (Sept 2010- Sept 2011) by the AAP-CA Foundation

in partnership with the California Academy of Family Physicians, University of California, San Diego,

Stanford University and expert consultants based at University of California, Davis and Los Angeles Children's Hospital.

Please note that the materials are intended as a template for your use, to tailor as you see fit for your residents.

In particular, when changes in vaccines and the concerns and media coverage surrounding them occur,

please update the materials to make current.

1. Online Case Format (Updated August 2011)

The most important format for the curriculum is an online module that is case-based. The cases are designed to present real-life scenarios of vaccine safety communication. Trainees are asked a series of questions in the context of the case and receive immediate feedback for their responses. Trainees are guided to explore web sites which are authoritative on the subject of vaccine safety as well as web sites that propagate misinformation about vaccines. The curriculum is well-referenced so that the trainee can identify the evidence that supports it. Most cases have video clips embedded to demonstrate effective vaccine safety communication. (Special thanks goes to California Chapter 4 of the AAP for use of these clips.) There are separate modules for Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine with cases in each module that reflect the types of vaccine safety issues faced by providers in these specialties. A pre- and post-test is included to allow learners to evaluate their progress. These modules are prepared using Captivate® which provides a format that allows them to be hosted by each institution for its trainees. Program administrators will have the ability

to track performance measures of the participants when the online curriculum is linked to a learning management system (LMS). Captivate® is compatible with numerous LMS and many academic institutions already have these in place.

Note that the modules have been updated as of August 2011. The downloadable files permit you will to modify and further update the modules, as desired.

For downloadable files and directions go to:


2. Noon Lecture/Slide Deck (Updated August 2011)

Nearly 100 Power Point slides are provided for you to select from including data, vaccine myths and more. Appropriate for noontime and other lecture formats. See below to view or download the Slide Deck.

3. Small Group Discussion Guide (Updated August 2011)

Ideal for continuity clinics or other small group settings, this guide offers a case-based discussion approach to teaching residents vaccine communication skills.

See below to view or download Small Group Guide.

If you utilize the Small Group Discussion Guide with residents, please provide them with the below link and ask them to fill out the evaluation survey.

Click here to take survey

If you would like to download the Slide Deck or Small Group Guide please click the links below. If you would like to view either document scroll down for both the slide deck, and Small Group Guide.

Slide Deck

Small Group Guide