With flu vaccination season upon us, take every patient encounter as an opportunity to check the Florida SHOTS Immunization Status page for any due or overdue vaccines. This immunization status is patient-specific and based on the ACIP recommendations and vaccines that have been entered into the patient record. Use Florida SHOTS to help keep your patients up-to-date with all required and recommended vaccines!
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.
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.
Reminder/Recall is one of the many valuable tools within Florida SHOTS. This month, we're here to help you utilize this tool to start getting your patients up-to-date before the back-to-school rush! During our live webinar, participants will learn how to generate lists to identify patients who are due, or will be due, for any childhood and adolescent vaccines. We will also demonstrate how to refine your list, print mailing labels, and document "Contact Attempts" to help keep your patients on schedule.
Click below to register!
Wednesday, May 15, 12:30pm* Spanish
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).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) 2019 Immunization Schedules are now available. Schedules are available for health care professionals and the general public in parent-friendly formats. Download the new schedules today!
For health care professionals:
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Child and Adolescents, ages 18 years or younger, 2019
- Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults, ages 19 years or older, 2019
- Additional immunization-related resources for Health Care Providers
For the general public in parent-friendly formats:
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).
According to the CDC, there have been 124 cases of measles across 22 states—with a growing number of confirmed cases in Florida. Florida SHOTS can help you protect your patients and prevent a major outbreak in our state by running a reminder recall assessment for MMR.
The Immunization Status page within the Florida SHOTS patient record is a great tool to verify that your patient is up-to-date with their immunizations. The status is patient-specific and based on the ACIP recommendations and vaccines that have been entered into the patient record. This page also helps you determine which vaccine series are incomplete and the possible vaccines that can be administered.
For the immunization schedule click HERE. #NIAM
As Florida SHOTS users, we know you understand the importance of giving and tracking infant immunizations so that they stay on schedule and protected. This year, Florida SHOTS is helping to promote the CDC’s National Infant Immunization Week through posts on Florida Department of Health’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. We’re also sharing on our blog how you can provide vaccination information using your organization’s blog and/or social media accounts.
Topic suggestions from the CDC include:
• Personal experiences with vaccine-preventable diseases
• Conversations you've had with other parents or your doctor
• Information in the media that prompted you to learn more, etc.
• Anything that reflects what motivated you to support childhood immunization
To learn more about the blogathon, go to https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/activities/blogs.html.