Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers (e.g., doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, etc.) have the ability to make a positive difference in their community’s immunization rates; the prevention of disease outbreaks; and the number of their patients who receive their vaccinations on time. Some strategies that providers might want to utilize include extended office hours for vaccinations; patient education and vaccination recommendations; participation in the local IIS; implementation of standing orders; AFIX visits from the local immunization program; and participating in continuing vaccine education. More information on these strategies can be found by clicking on the links below.

Additionally, the CDC’s “Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases”, also known as "The Pink Book” and "The Guide to Community Preventive Services" has other immunization improvement strategies providers may want to consider.

Participate in Immunization Information Systems (IIS)

Immunization information systems, also known as registries, can offer many benefits to pediatricians and family physicians. More...

Extended Office Hours for Vaccinations

There are many reasons that vaccination rates in a community may drop. One of these reasons is lack of access to vaccinations. There are many parents/patients who are unable take off of work or leave their workplace for long period of time in order to take their children in during your office hours. This often results in missed or late immunizations. More...

Vaccine Education

The childhood, adolescent and adult immunization schedules are complex and ever changing. To stay up-to-date on the most recent ACIP recommendations, healthcare providers need to seek opportunities for immunization education. More...

Patient Education and Vaccination Recommendations

Healthcare providers report a significant increase in time spent counseling parents about vaccine safety and the importance of following the recommended schedule. To assist providers, there are a number of resources available. More...

Standing Orders

Standing orders allow nurses, physician assistants and other medical professionals to administer vaccinations according to an institution- or physician-approved protocol without a physician's exam. More...

AFIX

AFIX, which stands for Assessment, Feedback, Incentive and eXchange, is a quality improvement program. It is designed to assist and support healthcare providers in improving their immunization service delivery and immunization rates. More...