Vaccinations

Vaccinations

2020 – 2021 Flu Season Resources

Access CDC resources on the seasonal flu HERE.  This includes a summary of the latest recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and communication materials for patients.

CDC Vaccination Guidance During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused healthcare providers to change how they operate to continue to provide essential services to patients. Ensuring immunization services are maintained or reinitiated is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks and reducing the burden of respiratory illness during the upcoming influenza season.

Find a collection of resources designed to guide vaccine planning during the COVID-19 pandemic: HERE

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.