December 2014

December 2014

  • New Year Means New Rules for Logging Vaccine Temps

    With the start of a new year, there are some new requirements for logging VFC vaccine temperatures. Because accurate temperature history is such an important part of vaccine management, beginning January 1, 2015, the Florida VFC Program is requiring providers to log twice-daily vaccine temperatures in Florida SHOTS at least once every seven days. It’s important to be compliant with this new requirement, as failure to do so could result in a provider’s loss of VFC vaccine ordering privileges.

    If you have a question about manual or data logger entry of vaccine temperatures, or just need a refresher, check out Florida SHOTS’s vaccine temperature log training guide, complete with screenshots and step-by-step instructions. You can access the guide here.

    You can also view a recorded webinar about this topic in English or in Spanish or sign up for a live training session.

  • Now Available: Spanish Version of Recorded “VFC Temperature Logs” (“Registros de temperatura VFC”) Training

    The Florida VFC Program will require providers to input VFC vaccine temperatures into Florida SHOTS starting January 1, 2015. Whether you prefer to learn about these new Florida SHOTS functions in English or Spanish, we have a recorded option available for you 24/7.

    VFC Temperature Logs: This webinar will demonstrate all of the temperature monitoring and reporting functions within the system. Participants will learn how to enter temperatures manually as well as upload temperatures directly from a continuous temperature-monitoring device (data logger).

    Registros de temperatura VFC: Este seminario en la red les mostrará todas las funcionalidades del sistema para el monitoreo y reporte de temperatura. Los participantes aprenderán como introducir manualmente los datos de temperatura, así como subir datos de temperatura directamente provenientes de un dispositivo de monitoreo constante de temperatura (data logger).

  • Deleting VFC Storage Units from Florida SHOTS

    As we implement logging VFC vaccine temperatures into Florida SHOTS, some offices have run into difficulty after accidentally making an error in the details about a vaccine storage unit that they added in Florida SHOTS. If you need help deleting a storage unit because of an error, please call the VFC Program office at 800-483-2543 and they can delete it for you.

    With this latest refinement, we have also changed the default temperature setting for storage units from Celsius to Fahrenheit.

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  • Refresh Yourself With Our Temperature Log Training Guide

    There’s a new way for Florida SHOTS users to learn about VFC vaccine temperature logging ahead of the mandatory reporting requirements that go into effect January 1, 2015. We’ve created a guide that walks you through the VFC vaccine temperature logging process. The guide is a great companion piece to our live and recorded training sessions, using easy-to-follow instructions and screenshots to explain how to enter vaccine temperatures manually or from a data logger. Whether you’re logging VFC vaccine temperatures for the first time or just need a refresher, this guide is available 24/7 along with our other helpful training guides that cover a variety of topics.

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  • December 5: Florida SHOTS Statewide Survey Deadline!

    As of this Friday, December 5, at midnight we will be closing the Florida SHOTS statewide online survey. Thank you to those of you who have already responded! If you haven’t done so yet, we’d really like to hear from you.

    The input of immunization providers and their perceptions of the features and benefits of Florida SHOTS are very important to us as we continually work to refine the registry and our offerings. Since we conducted our last statewide survey four years ago, a lot has changed. It’s time for you to give us your feedback so we can assess what’s working and what we can improve upon.

    Survey to Close Friday Night

    It’s easy to complete and vital to helping us make Florida SHOTS a registry that best meets your needs. Please give us your opinion at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FloridaSHOTS

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  • Live Temperature Log Training Continues in December

    Florida SHOTS continues to offer live, online training sessions for VFC vaccine temperature logs. More than 1,100 users have participated in the training so far, and many of them have let us know how helpful the sessions have been in preparing them to enter temperatures manually or from a data logger.

    Don’t forget, beginning January 1, 2015, the VFC Program will require providers to log twice-daily vaccine temperatures into Florida SHOTS at least once every seven days, so it’s important to get up-to-speed on the process to ensure compliance.

    Training sessions are available for private providers as well as county health departments.

    Manual Entry:
    (All times listed are Eastern time.)

    Data Loggers:
    (All times listed are Eastern time.)