Vaccinations

Vaccinations

Transforming How You Manage Immunizations

Florida SHOTS offers free training and resources that make it easier than ever to manage patient shot records. Whether you are a new user or just need refresher training to stay up-to-date on the latest tools, Florida SHOTS offers a variety of resources to help you better manage immunizations.

  • Live training
  • Recorded webinars
  • Training support guides
  • Data exchange support

Effective January 1, 2021, healthcare providers will be required to enroll in Florida SHOTS and report all vaccines for patients through 17 years of age.
 

Flu Resources

Seasonal flu activity is on the rise and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has resources available for healthcare providers and patients from prevention to treatment.  Access them HERE.

Protect Patients Against Hepatitis A

Since 2018, there have been more than 22,000 cases of hepatitis A in the U.S. and more than 2,500 cases in Florida. On November 28, 2018, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued a hepatitis A health advisory emphasizing awareness and prevention through vaccination. Make sure to check the Florida SHOTS Immunization Status page to ensure your patients are up-to-date with all ACIP required and recommended vaccines!

Make an Effective Vaccine Recommendation During National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare professionals to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

During NIAM, we encourage you to ensure your patients are up-to-date on recommended vaccines. Research has consistently shown that healthcare professionals are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.

Use NIAM as an opportunity to access CDC educational resources like the #HowIRecommend Video Series, which offers simple and practical guidance for having successful vaccine conversations with parents and patients. These short videos demonstrate how to make effective vaccine recommendations, address common immunization questions, and take a team-based approach to vaccination.

Documenting History of Varicella Disease

Florida SHOTS uses “Observations” for documenting contraindications and precautions to receiving certain vaccinations.  To access step-by-step directions for documenting history of varicella disease (chickenpox) in the patient record click HERE to download! Also available in Spanish HERE.

VFC Vaccine Ordering Tip: Double-check Your Doses!

Did you know that you can increase or decrease the number of vaccine doses on your regularly scheduled VFC vaccine order request? Make sure to review the “Projected Doses” on your “Doses Requested and Approved” page. This number is automatically calculated based on the number of doses you administered and how many you have left on hand, but there may be times when you need more than is projected—like back-to-school rush or other events. You can change the quantity in the “Doses Requested” field and the VFC office will review and determine if it’s approved.

Live Webinar: Back-to-School Basics

Join us for this month’s live webinar sessions to help you prepare for the back-to-school rush! We will demonstrate searching for patients, reviewing immunization status, entering current vaccines, electronically certifying 680 forms and creating parent PIN numbers. Click below to register!

Wednesday, July 10, 12:30pm

Tuesday, July 16, 12:30pm* Spanish

Friday, July 26, 12:00pm

Click HERE to access our step-by-step guide to create electronically certified DH680 forms.  Access the Spanish guide HERE

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.