IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES FOR HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONERS
Tools to help you make sure your patients get the immunizations they need:
Recommendations and Guidelines:
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) consists of 15 experts in fields associated with immunization who have been selected by the Secretary of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide advice and guidance to the Secretary, the Assistant Secretary for Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the control of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Committee develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines to children and adults in the civilian population; recommendations include age for vaccine administration number of doses and dosing interval, and precautions and contraindications. The ACIP is the only entity in the federal government that makes such recommendations.
Childhood and Adolescent Schedules
These schedules list the ages for when each vaccine or series of shots is to be given and are approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Childhood Immunization Schedule
The Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule (for patients over 18 years old) has been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Physicians.
Adult Immunization Schedule
Catch Up Immunization Scheduler
The tool once downloaded can be used to determine the necessary vaccines and is especially useful for quickly seeing missed or skipped vaccines according to the Immunization Schedule:
Catch Up Immunization Scheduler Tool
Catch Up Immunization Schedule
Immunization Information Systems (Immunization Registries)
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by two years of age, over 20% of the children in the U.S. typically have seen more than one healthcare provider, resulting in scattered medical records. Immunization information systems (IIS) help providers and families by consolidating immunization information into one reliable source. They also save money by ensuring that children get only the vaccines they need and improve office efficiency by reducing the time needed to gather and review immunization records.