- What are the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice?
- How do I ensure my adult patients are fully immunized?
- What tools are available to help me improve my immunization rates?
- Additional Resources
What are the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice?
Please review the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
How do I ensure my adult patients are fully immunized?
Use this memory aid to help you keep adult patients up to date on their vaccinations.
Adults Require Really Amazing Doctors!
Adults – Assess
- Assess the immunization status of all your patients at every clinical encounter.
Require – Recommend
- Strongly recommend vaccines that your patients need.
Really Amazing – Administer or Refer
- Administer needed vaccines or refer your patient to a pharmacy or other vaccination provider.
Doctors! – Document
- Document all vaccines received by your patients.
What tools are available to help me improve my immunization rates?
- Use the state vaccine registry, the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS), to track immunization records for all of your patients.
- Despite many patient and physician barriers to adult vaccinations, rates can be improved, often with simple interventions such as patient reminders and recalls (PDF), standing orders, and patient education.
- Your clinic can order free immunization reminder/recall cards from the Department of Health in both English (PDF) and Spanish (PDF). Get instructions on how to order free materials online. (PDF) If you have trouble or need help ordering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Use videos or posters highlighting adult vaccinations in your waiting room, preferably personalized. Many resources are available online!
- The Washington State Adult Vaccine Program is federally funded and provides vaccines for adults 19 years of age and older who are uninsured or underinsured. Providers can learn all about the program and its requirements. Vaccines are available for providers to order typically between June and July of each year.
- Vaccines.gov is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer vaccinations. They work with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about vaccination services. Any provider or clinic that wants their location to be open to the public to get vaccinations can be added to this website.
- Resources for long-term care facilities
- Strategies for increasing adult vaccination rates (CDC)
- ACP's I Raise the Rates Initiative (American College of Physicians)
- Resources for adult vaccination (IAC)
- Suggestions to improve your immunization services (PDF) (IAC)