Vaccinations

Vaccinations

The ACIP schedule saves lives.

Alternative immunization schedules put patients at risk.

Studies show there is no benefit to alternative immunization schedules. Delaying vaccines only increases the risk of patients contracting a vaccine-preventable disease. So stick to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) schedule for the best possible protection.

Visit flshots.com or thepowertoprotect.org for the most current vaccine guidance and recommended schedules. For more information, call 877-888-7468 (SHOT).

CDC Request for Measles Outbreak Support

From January 1 to March 21, 2019, 314* individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 15 states. CDC is asking for healthcare workers’ help to ensure that all patients are up-to-date on MMR vaccine. When it comes to vaccinations, parents trust the expertise of their doctors and nurses more than anyone else. Explain to patients that MMR vaccine is the best protection against measles infection.

What Should Clinicians Do?

  • Discuss the importance of MMR vaccine with parents. Listen and respond to parents’ questions. When parents have questions, it does not necessarily mean they won’t accept vaccines. Sometimes, they simply want your answers to their questions.
  • Use Florida SHOTS to ensure all patients are up-to-date on measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine.
    • Children need 2 doses of MMR: one dose at 12 to 15 months and another dose at 4 to 6 years.
    • Before any international travel, infants 6 to 11 months need 1 dose of MMR vaccine, children 12 months and older need 2 doses separated by at least 28 days, and teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles need 2 doses separated by at least 28 days.

For more information, including guidelines for patient evaluation, diagnosis, and management, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/hcp/index.html

*Case count is preliminary and subject to change.

One Conversation Could Save a Life

Talk to your patients about the importance of sticking to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) schedule.

When parents have questions and concerns about their family’s health, they look to you. Make sure your patients know the facts when it comes to the risks and benefits of vaccines and always encourage them to stick to the ACIP schedule.

Visit flshots.com or thepowertoprotect.org for resources and guidance to help keep your patients on track. For more information, call 877-888-7468 (SHOT).                                                                     

Staying on Schedule Saves Lives

Give your patients the best protection by following the ACIP schedule. The ACIP immunization schedule protects patients from birth through adulthood. Sticking to the schedule ensures patients receive the vaccines they need when they are most vulnerable and their immune systems respond best.

Refer to flshotsusers.com and use the Registry for the latest guidance on vaccines and tools to help your patients stay on schedule. For more information, call 877-888-7468 (SHOT).

Adding Observations to Patient Records

With the latest registry release, the process of documenting history of varicella disease (chickenpox) has changed. The system now uses “Observations” for documenting contraindications and precautions to receiving certain vaccinations. Our new guide provides step-by-step directions for documenting chickenpox and includes an example scenario for meningococcal b in the patient record. Click HERE to download!

The Facts Are on Your Side!

When it comes to vaccines, fear can be strong, but the facts are more powerful.

The fact is that many childhood diseases that had been virtually eliminated have returned with a vengeance—despite the fact that they are preventable.

Measles is extremely contagious, and cases continue to spread across the country as immunization coverage levels fall due to misinformation and vaccine refusal. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is safe and effective, and you can boost MMR vaccination rates one conversation at a time.

Use Florida SHOTS to help keep your patients up-to-date for all necessary childhood and adolescent vaccinations.

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The Facts Are on Your Side!

When it comes to vaccines, fear can be strong but the facts are more powerful.

The fact is that every year 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with cancer caused by HPV infection, yet most of these cancers could be prevented by HPV vaccination.

The HPV vaccine is a safe and easy way to protect against these cancers and is most effective if given at the recommended age of 11 or 12. Help overcome hesitations about the vaccine by strongly recommending it to parents of preteen and teen patients on the same day and in the same way you recommend Tdap and meningococcal vaccines.

Use Florida SHOTS
Reminder/Recall to help keep your patients on track to complete the HPV series and increase protection.

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Keep Your Patients Up-to-Date with Reminder/Recall

Reminder/recall is one of the many tools in Florida SHOTS that helps you boost immunization levels in your practice. Your office can create lists of patients who are due or overdue for immunizations and even create and print mailing labels. Keep track of your patients’ shots and never miss an opportunity to vaccinate! For step-by-step instructions on how to run a reminder/recall report in your office, check out our updated Reminder/Recall guide. Also available in Spanish.