Tuesday, February 10, 2015

CDC Recommends Standards for Adult Immunization Practice

Holly Harmon

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) revised the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice in 2013. The Standards call on ALL healthcare professionals – whether they provide vaccinations or not – to take steps to help ensure that their adult patients are fully immunized.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all healthcare professionals adopt the latest Standards for Adult Immunization Practice www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/patient-ed/adults/for-practice/standards/

ASSESS the immunization status of all your patients at every clinical encounter.
Strongly RECOMMEND vaccines that patients need.
ADMINISTER needed vaccines or, if you do not stock the needed vaccine, REFER your patients to a vaccination provider.
DOCUMENT vaccines received by your patients in state Immunization Information Systems (vaccine registries).

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