Live Webinar: Perspectives on Vaccine Hesitancy

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. 

 Wednesday, January 10, 3:00 pm

Vaccine Types Updated/Added

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)"

Vaccine Utilization Guide Now Available!

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.

You can download it in English HERE or Spanish HERE.

Adults Need Vaccines too!

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

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Updated 2017 Immunization Schedule Released!

Did you know that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently released the 2017 immunization schedules for children, adolescents, and adults? Click HERE to access the schedules and HERE to download a poster with the updated childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for your practice.

Missing Vaccines on Patient Form/Reports

Have you created a 680 Form or an Immunization History Report and one or more vaccines are missing? Florida SHOTS follows the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended schedule, and any doses given outside of the acceptable intervals will be considered “invalid.” These invalid doses will be listed on the “Vaccinations” screen, but are indicated as 0* under the “Dose/Interval” column. Simply place your curser over the 0*, and you’ll see the explanation of why that dose is considered invalid. If you have any questions or feel the dose should be a valid dose, please contact the Florida SHOTS Help Desk, 877-888-7468, to speak with a nursing consultant.

Last Chance for “Reports for Private Providers” August Live Training Sessions

Participants will learn how to properly create, view, and print reports. Topics include: reports to view vaccine usage over specified time periods, an inventory worksheet, religious exemption report and the patient status report.

Confirmation: Once you register for a session, you will receive a confirmation email within minutes of registration that is sent from your session trainer’s email address. Check your spam or junk mailbox if you do not receive this confirmation in your inbox.

Tech Support for Webinars: Should you encounter any technical issues while logging in or viewing your session, the toll-free “Go to Webinar” support number is 1-800-263-6317.

Need a Status Update?

As patients come in for back-to-school visits, make sure to check their “Immunization Status” in Florida SHOTS. This screen allows you to easily determine immunization needs based on their vaccination history, age, and medical contraindications. You’ll also see alerts if they are due or overdue for any of the required or recommended vaccines—including minimum and recommended due dates! Florida SHOTS simplifies complex immunization schedules to help you keep your patients on track and up-to-date.

Vaccine Utilization Report Helps VFC Providers Calculate Inventory

Florida SHOTS’ Vaccine Utilization Report is especially helpful for VFC providers because it will assist you in calculating inventory by generating a list of all VFC-eligible vaccines your office administered over a certain period of time. The Vaccine Utilization Report can be accessed by clicking on “Vaccine Utilization” under the “Reports” menu in Florida SHOTS.

Screen capture of the Vaccine Utilization Report criteria system

To begin, enter the vaccination date given range and select the vaccine type(s) desired to appear on the report. You may view and print the report by selecting “Client Detail” as the “Report Format,” or you may download the report as an Excel file by selecting “Excel File – downloaded” as the “Report Format.” To run the report, click “Generate Vaccine Utilization Report.”

The report captures the following information:

  • Vaccine type
  • Date given
  • Patient demographics (i.e., name, date of birth, sex, social security number)
  • Manufacturer and lot number
  • VFC eligibility type
  • Location
  • Service provider
  • CPT code

Download “VFC Dose Accountability Quick Tips” for helpful hints about properly managing VFC vaccine and doses administered in Florida SHOTS.

Adolescent Immunization Coverage Assessment Arrives in 2016

New for 2016: We are updating the immunization coverage reports in Florida SHOTS to include adolescent patients! These new reports will allow you to assess your immunization coverage levels and keep your patients up-to-date for all necessary childhood and adolescent vaccinations.

Benefits of the new reports:

  • Enhanced reports for both childhood and adolescent patients
  • Providers now able to evaluate coverage for HPV, Tdap, and Meningitis, as well as all recommended and required childhood and adolescent vaccines

To learn more about the new reporting options, register now for an “Assess Your Immunization Coverage Levels” live training session.

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