In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, check out CDC’s list of 14 diseases you almost forgot about—thanks to vaccines!
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!
Florida SHOTS recently made several updates and enhancements as part of release 2018.2. To view a summary of the changes, CLICK HERE.
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.
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.
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.
The national Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is hosting a webinar for health professionals who provide and/or promote immunizations including physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses. Topics will include the power of real-life narrative, the wealth of (mis)information, celebrity-ism, and confusion, including how to better deal with this threat to public health. The speaker is Gary S. Marshall, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Florida SHOTS has been updated to include two new vaccine types, and changes have been made to the names of some existing vaccines:
- New vaccine type "ZOSTER (SHINGRIX)", CPT = 90750, CVX = 187
- New vaccine type "ZOSTER UNK", CVX = 188
- New vaccine type "HEP B (HEPLISAV-B)", CPT = 90739, CVX = 189
- Renamed "BEXSERO" to "MEN B (BEXSERO)"
- Renamed "TRUMENBA" to "MEN B (TRUMENBA)"
- Renamed "IMOVAX IM" to "RABIES IM (IMOVAX)"
- Renamed "RABAVERT IM" to "RABIES IM (RABAVERT)"
- Renamed "ZOSTER VZV" to "ZOSTER (ZOSTAVAX)"
The new Vaccine Utilization Report Guide is now available, and will show you step-by-step instructions to generate this report in Florida SHOTS. The report will provide your organization’s vaccine usage information that has been entered either manually or uploaded from your EHR in Florida SHOTS for a specified time period.
This report may assist Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers that are having discrepancies with the “Shots Recorded” and “Doses Administered” totals when placing their VFC vaccine orders.
All adults, including pregnant women, should get the influenza (flu) vaccine each year to protect against seasonal flu. Every adult should have one dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough) if they did not get Tdap as a teen, and then get the Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster vaccine every 10 years. Pregnant women should receive a Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
Adults 60 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine. Additionally, adults 65 and older are recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccines. Some adults younger than 65 years with certain high-risk conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.
Adults may need other vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations. For more information about adult vaccines click HERE. #NIAM