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Improving Immunization Rates

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Historically, immunization rates among adults have been low. atom Alliance aims to change that by working with practitioners, providers, and beneficiaries to

  • implement evidence-based practices and systems changes to improve routine assessment of patients’ vaccination status,
  • improve immunization rates, especially in racial and ethnic minority populations, rural Medicare beneficiaries and dual-eligible Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries, and
  • increase documentation of Medicare beneficiary immunization status in immunization information systems (IIS) where available for adult patients.

This initiative aligns with the Healthy People 2020 immunization rate goals of

  • 70 percent for influenza and
  • 90 percent for pneumonia
  • 30 percent for zoster

GOAL: By 2019, we envision an absolute rate of 90% for adult immunization status assessment, appropriate immunization or referral and documentation of Medicare beneficiary immunization status via electronic methods. This goal will be achieved by educating and assisting home health agencies (HHAs); practitioner-owned and/or -operated offices/clinics and other healthcare facilities to implement the adult immunization recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and National Vaccine Advisory Committee standards for adult immunization practice.

NOTE: atom Alliance provides immunization technical assistance in AL, IN, KY and MS.

 

Attention Healthcare Workers
A flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. It can cause mild side effects that may be mistaken for flu. For example, people vaccinated with a flu shot may feel achy and may have a sore arm where the shot was given. You have an important role to play in preventing flu-related illness and death. When you get vaccinated against the flu, you help many people stay healthy — especially high-risk patients. Ask your employer if you can get a flu shot at work.

Contact Us

For general inquiries complete the form below, or go here for a list of associates dedicated to each state’s initiative.

Official CDC HEALTH ADVISORY
Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing
http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00387.asp

Download: Flu Vaccines Q&A Transcript

Download: Pneumococcal Vaccines Q&A Transcript

Use the tabs to the right to search for specific tools and resources related to this page.

You can also search our comprehensive library of online resources, where you can sort by atom Alliance state, initiative, patient or provider focus or simply type in a keyword for quick access to the tools and resources you need.

for HHAs – Protecting Patients… and YOU! is a new free online course for home health aides in HHQI University. It provides the basics about the flu, pneumonia, and shingles including vaccines that help prevent these illnesses. A certificate of completion is provided to all learners who achieve 80% or better on the post-test.
Acute myocardial infarction and influenza: a meta-analysis of case–control studies
Association Between Influenza Vaccination and Cardiovascular Outcomes in High-Risk Patients: A Meta-analysis
CDC’s General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization
AdultVaxView Interactive!
Resources for Flu Prevention Partners
CDC’s Vaccine Price List Update
Pneumococcal and Zoster Vaccines Pocket Guides Online Request Form
Interactive Mapping Tool: Live-Tracking Flu Vaccinations of Medicare Beneficiaries
Ever wonder how your community is doing when it comes to influenza (flu) vaccination claims’ rates? Whether you are a researcher, provider or health care worker, you can now track this information for Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries —in near real-time—with our new interactive mapping tool.
CDC You Call the Shots pneumococcal module Nurse Education Training
Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Health Care Personnel in Long-term Care Settings
Medicare Part B Immunization Billing
Take a Stand!
Use Standing Orders to Vaccinate Adults
Suggestions to Improve Your Immunization Services
National Influenza Vaccination Week: Materials
CDC: Resources for Educating Adult Patients about Vaccines
Immunization Action Coalition
www.vaccineinformation.org (public)
www.immunize.org (clinicians/coalitions)
Here you will find a collection of videos, testimonials and resources for consumers, clinicians and coalitions, plus easy-to-read informational flyers in plain English and many languages.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Here you will find lots of information,’10 Reasons To Be Vaccinated’, radio PSAs, testimonials and video PSAs, including ‘Are You That Guy?’ (about the flu).
Vaccine Recommendations of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz

Lowering the Burden of Adult Disease One Shot at a Time
Lowering the Burden of Adult Disease One Shot at a Time

Preview: Lowering the Burden of Adult Disease One Shot at a Time
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The Importance of Flu Vaccination in HC Personnel in LTC

Place to Get Your Flu Vaccine Poster
Who needs a flu vaccine? You. Poster
“My health is my biggest asset” Flu Shot Poster for Seniors
Shots Aren’t Just for Kids Poster (African-American Family Photo)
If you work in a health care setting… Flu Shot Poster
I won’t spread flu to my patients or my family. Flu Shot Poster
Are you at risk for serious complications from flu? Poster
2017 National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Adult Immunization Toolkit
Vaccinations for Adults with Heart Disease
What You Need to Know About Heart Disease and Adult Vaccines
Adults with Heart Disease: Vaccinations are an Important Part of Protecting Your Health
Pneumococcal Infographic
What You Need to Know About COPD, Asthma and Adult Vaccines
Reinvigorating Influenza Prevention in US Adults Age 65 Years and Older
(Vacunas recomendadas para adultos según la edad y según el estado de salud)

Do you know the difference between stomach flu and influenza?
Do you know the difference between stomach flu and influenza?

Preview: Do you know the difference between stomach flu and influenza?
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Flu Myths
Flu Myths

Preview: Flu Myths
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536.89 KB | Last Updated: January 14, 2016

NCC LTC Immunization
NCC LTC Immunization

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NCC Staff Immunization Strategies
NCC Staff Immunization Strategies

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Protect Yourself from Pneumococcal Disease Fact Sheet
Protect Yourself from Pneumococcal Disease Fact Sheet

Preview: Protect Yourself from Pneumococcal Disease Fact Sheet
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1.98 MB | Last Updated: July 21, 2015

Immunization Fact Sheet
Immunization Fact Sheet

Preview: Immunization Fact Sheet
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What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine
What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine

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CDC Pneumococcal Vaccine Clinical Guidelines
CDC Pneumococcal Vaccine Clinical Guidelines

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Medicare Part B Immunization Billing
Medicare Part B Immunization Billing

Preview: Medicare Part B Immunization Billing
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for HHAs – Immunization: Your Strongest Defense is an educational multimedia module for patients. In this 11-minute video, patients will learn how to identify symptoms of a cold, the flu, pneumonia, and shingles. Common myths and prevention measures are also discussed. Stream it on YouTube, save it to your computer, or get the transcript. (Free registration / login required.)
American Academy of Family Physicians Adult Immunization Recommendation Videos
Helps physicians recommend the flu, pneumonia and shingles vaccines to their patients.
Video: Flu Vaccines Q&A
Download: Flu Vaccines Q&A Transcript
Video: Pneumococcal Vaccines Q&A
Download: Pneumococcal Vaccines Q&A Transcript
AWV: A Tune Up for Your Body
Flu
Pneumonia
Standing Orders
No LAIV (Nasal Spray) Flu Vaccine This Season
“Freddie the Flu Detective” Public Service Announcement by the NFID
Adults Need Immunizations, Too! (Podcast)
Get Your Big Boy Shots (Podcast)
Prevent Pneumonia (Podcast)
VSI: Vaccine Scene Investigation (Video)

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