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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.

 

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Recommended Vaccinations Indicated for Adults Based on Medical and Other Indications
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Adult Contraindications and Precautions

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

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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.

Immunizing Adults: Immunization Schedule, Coverage, and Challenges
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
World Immunization Week
CDC’s General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization
Threat of H1N1 Virus Makes Flu Shots a Must
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.
You Call the Shots Web-based Training Course
Free CE Credit Available
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).
National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS)
Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
Vaccine Recommendations of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz
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’s New for the 2016-2017 Flu Season?
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)

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