About This Webinar
People with autism and other developmental disabilities have lower childhood immunization rates than their peers without autism, leaving them vulnerable to many vaccine-preventable diseases. The vaccination visit can be especially stressful for these families. Effective strategies exist to reduce pain and anxiety for these families during the vaccination visit.
In this webinar, the Autism Society discusses practical tips to improve vaccine confidence by employing strategies to reduce stress when vaccinating neurodiverse patients. There is a question and answer session at the end of the webinar.
These resources from the Autism Society are mentioned in the webinar:
- COVID-19: Vaccine Education Initiative
- Autism Society Vaccine Education Initiative (full-length video)
- Autism Society of America’s Guide to Accessible Vaccine Clinics (also available in Spanish)
Fear of Needles and the COVID-19 Vaccine:
- A Guide for People with Disabilities
- A Guide for Professionals When Working with People with Disabilities
- A Guide for Caregivers
This webinar was developed by Immunize.org and supported by Grant No. CDC-RFA-IP21-2104 from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of Immunize.org and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.
Danielle Hall, MSW
Program Manager, Vaccine Education Initiative, Autism Society
Allie Tasche, BEd, MSLOD
Director of National Programs, Autism Society
Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
President and CEO, Immunize.org
Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
Director for Research, Immunize.org; Quinn’s mother