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Adult Immunization

ACP Advance: I Raise the Rates initiative provides important resources as well as vaccine information to help clinicians increase adult immunization in their practices.

This resource hub was developed as part of ACP’s I Raise the Rates initiative to assist physicians and their teams to assess, understand and improve adult immunization rates and patient outcomes in their clinical settings.

I Raise the Rates is a collaborative, data-driven campaign to support patients, physicians, health care teams, systems, and communities in raising adult immunization rates and reducing vaccine preventable diseases. The program seeks to assist interprofessional teams in both understanding the immunization rates of their patients and making practice changes that promote immunizations and reduce disparities.

ACP’s I Raise the Rates Program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck & Co., Inc.

Previous support for the I Raise the Rates program was provided by Pfizer and Sanofi.

 


2021 Adult Immunization Schedule Update

In this video, Sandra Fryhofer, MD, MACP explains the 2021 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) adult immunization recommendations. View the complete 2021 Adult Immunization video series. These videos were developed through ACP’s I Raise the Rates program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Merck & Co, Inc.


Live Virtual Webinar - COVID-19 Recovery: Increasing Adult Vaccinations

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on routine vaccination rates across all populations in the US. Primary care physicians play a critical role in recommending and administering adult immunizations. Strong recommendations and implementation of office-based practices (e.g., standing order protocols, reminder recall systems, etc.) greatly increase immunization rates for all adults. Topics covered will include:

  • Current ACIP recommendations for routine adult and COVID-19 vaccines
  • Rationale for raising immunization rates among patients with high-risk chronic conditions
  • Practical strategies to increase vaccination rates in practice

Register Today!


Stay up-to-date on the latest vaccine recommendations, guidelines and clinical updates in adult immunization. 

ACP Resources

CDC Resources

ACP Resources

CDC Resources

Other Resources

Learn core quality improvement skills and how to apply them to increase your adult immunization rates in your practice.  

  • ACP Quality Improvement Leadership Training: Best Practices in Engaging and Empowering Clinical Teams in Continuous Improvement. These training videos provides a step-by-step guidance, based on ACP’s QI approach, to help participants through their QI journey.
  • I Raise the Rates Practice Assessment Survey: Take this practice assessment survey to assist you in pinpointing key areas for improvement in your clinical setting and identifying strategies to increase your adult immunization rates.
  • ACP Quality Improvement Curriculum is a step-wise approach that guides you through each stage of the QI journey from establishing the “what” and “why” for change to implementing and sustaining change. This online curriculum, developed by physicians for physicians and their teams, is offered as a series of four modules. Physicians who complete this curriculum are eligible for up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and ABIM MOC points. Physicians are also eligible to earn patient safety credit.
  • I Raise the Rates Webinars: These recorded webinars cover QI strategies and best practices to increase immunization rates in your practice.

 

Access these resources to help support vaccine administration in your practice. including vaccine assessment, implementing standing orders, understanding the business case for vaccines as well as ordering, storage and handling, billing and coding.

ACP Resources

  • Standing Orders-A Model to Fit Your Practice - A webinar focused on standing orders to increase adult immunizations in your practice, clinic, or hospital. Drs. Robert Hopkins and L.J. Tan PhD will present best practices and strategies to implement standing orders in your practice with multiple size location examples.
  • Managing your Vaccine Stock - Tips to Improving Ordering, Storage, and Handling Vaccines: A webinar focused on refining your practice’s vaccine ordering, storage, and handling. Drs. John O’Neil, DO, FACP and Michael Soppet, MD, FACP will present practical tips to help you improve ordering and managing of your vaccine stock and how to use your practice staff to streamline the process.
  • What in the World is a Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar A webinar with Dr. Soppet, Ms. Adams and Ms. Cain presenting how increasing adult immunization rates takes more than a committed physician champion-leader; the whole health care team, including office staff, need to be on board to optimize billing, and convey the importance of vaccines to patients.
  • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 2 Ordering and Inventory Control Webinar: The second in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers. Dr. Soppet outlines the process for ordering and inventory control of vaccines.
  • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 3Financial Aspects of Insurance Billing and Collections: The third in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers led by C. Michael Soppet, MD, FACP. 
  • Adult Immunization - How to Create a Successful Vaccination Program - Issues pertinent to the business aspect of adult immunization are presented in this webinar. How to purchase and stock vaccines, implement standing orders and bill appropriately for vaccines are outlined.  Presented by Jason M. Goldman, MD, FACP, Governor, Florida Chapter, ACP.
  • As a member benefit, ACP Vaccine Advantage provides a free and unbiased assessment of a practice's vaccine procurement process. It offers improvement recommendations to simplify the process and save the practice both time and money.

CDC Resources

  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Supply for the U.S. 2020-2021: Provides insight into the flu vaccine supply, including the total amount purchased, distribution, and types of flu vaccine available.
  • Needle Resource Guide: addresses questions on types of needles to use, questions to ask supply distributors and contact information for CDC and FDA to report issues or ask technical questions.
  • You Call the Shots Vaccine Administration e-Learn: The e-Learn is a free, interactive, online educational program that serves as a useful introductory course or a great refresher on vaccine administration. Continuing education (CE) is available. Visit the You Call the Shots web page to view available modules.
  • Comprehensive Vaccine Administration Information: Now is a great time to remind staff members who administer vaccines how to do it right. CDC has developed various tools to share with members of your health care community
  • Short video: This training video helps identify intramuscular (IM) injection sites and provides safe injection practices to minimize risk of injuries, infections, and non-infectious adverse events for both patients and providers.
  • Vaccine administration e-Leanings: A self-paced vaccine administration course that provides comprehensive training using videos, job aids, and other resources.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Resources

Other Resources

  • Coding and Billing for Adult Vaccinations: This webpage developed by the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) provides information on the top questions identified with coding and/or billing for adult vaccinations, scenarios that detail how to go about coding and billing for adult vaccines, and collected resources from the Summit’s medical association, public health, and vaccine manufacturing partners.
  • Reasons to Invest in Adult Vaccination Implementation: This document developed by the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) highlight the importance of adult immunization for populations health and discusses both the financial feasibility of adult vaccination implementation and implementation strategies.

Increase your practice capacity to raise adult immunization rates and efficiency through involvement of the full healthcare team.

ACP Resources

  • Building QI Team Worksheet
  • Increasing Immunization Rates - In this video, Dr. Marie Brown and Sandra R. discuss steps they have incorporated in their intake and rooming process that have resulted in increase immunization rates in their office.
  • I Raise the Rates Webinars
    • Standing Orders-A Model to Fit Your Practice - A webinar focused on standing orders to increase adult immunizations in your practice, clinic, or hospital. Drs. Robert Hopkins and L.J. Tan PhD will present best practices and strategies to implement standing orders in your practice with multiple size location examples. 
    • What in the World is a Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar - A webinar with Dr. Soppet, Ms. Adams and Ms. Cain presenting how increasing adult immunization rates takes more than a committed physician champion-leader; the whole health care team, including office staff, need to be on board to optimize billing, and convey the importance of vaccines to patients. 
    • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 2 - Ordering and Inventory Control Webinar: The second in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers. Dr. Soppet outlined the process for ordering and inventory control of vaccines. 
    • Chief Vaccination Officer Webinar 3 - Financial Aspects of Insurance Billing and Collections: The third in our series of webinars for I Raise the Rates Chief Vaccination Officers led by C. Michael Soppet, MD, FACP. 
    • Cultural Competency-How to Apply Outreach and Understanding in Your Practice Webinar - A webinar focused on cultural competency and adult immunization to help your practice, clinic, or hospital to better communicate with your patients. Dr. Jennifer Dillaha will present best practices and strategies on focused outreach to minority and ethnic groups, share resources to support communication effects and patient tools to reinforce the importance of immunization. 

Other Resources

  • National Academies of Medicine: Implementing Optimal Team-Based Care to Reduce Clinician Burnout: Paper describes key features of successful health care teams, reviews existing evidence that links high-functioning teams to increased clinician well-being, and recommends strategies to overcome key environmental and organizational barriers to optimal team-based care in order to promote clinician and patient well-being.

Access resources to promote health equity and identify strategies to increase adult immunization rates with specialized training in understanding the barriers to immunizing adults in racial and ethnic minorities.

Access resources to better understand your immunization data as well as the immunization information system (IIS) within a given geographical area.

  • CDC Immunization Information Systems (IIS) - Resources to meet physicians' IIS needs
  • IIS Customizable Brochure - This colorful brochure is targeted at healthcare providers with adult patients to encourage them to onboard and use Immunization Information Systems (IIS). This is a “customizable” brochure into which any state/city health department may insert their own name and logo.
  • Basics of IISs (Immunization Information Systems) infographic - An overview of how IISs support and connect patients/consumers, health care professionals, and public health. This downloadable PDF provides a simple visual introduction to how IISs work for people who may not be familiar with IISs, such as policy makers, health care professionals, patients, parents, and even public health staff.
  • I Raise the Rates Newsletter Sign-up: Complete the following form to receive a digital copy of the I Raise the Rates monthly newsletter developed in partnership with the New Jersey Immunization Network (NJIN).
  • Join the ACP Advance: I Raise the Rates Virtual Community to engage with your peers who are also engaged in increasing adult immunization vaccination coverage, share best practices, lessons learned and stay up to date on new adult immunization resources and ACP’s efforts to increase adult immunization rates.