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spotlighting the importance of vaccines for all ages: 
august is national immunization awareness month

NAIM 2019 logo National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held every August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. The Public Health Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed digital interactive toolkits to address questions about vaccines through all stages of life, including birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and even pregnancy. The toolkits contains:
  • Key messages
  • Social media content
  • Social media graphics
  • Newsletter announcements
As part of the NIAM observance, there are specific focuses for each week of the month, including:
  • August 5 to 11 - Pregnant Women: Protect yourself and pass protection on to your baby
  • August 12 to 18 - Babies and Young Children: A healthy start begins with on-time vaccinations
  • August 19 to 25 - Preteens & Teens: Ensure a healthy future with vaccines
  • August 26 to 31 - Adults: Vaccines are not just for kids
NIAM Resources
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register now:  strategies for addressing vaccine misinformation

doc talking to parent Wednesday, August 28, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

With the recent outbreaks of measles across the U.S., ensuring parents have access to accurate and credible information about vaccines is key to increasing vaccine acceptance. As a trusted source of information about vaccines, healthcare professionals can play a key role in establishing trust and educating parents and patients on the important role that vaccines play in protecting against serious diseases.

In this webinar, practicing healthcare professionals will share their evidence-based strategies for recommending vaccines and addressing vaccine hesitancy in their practice. Dr. Amanda Cohn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Vaccine Policy, Preparedness, Global Health in CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, will provide opening remarks about the agency's efforts to address vaccine misinformation and the important role that healthcare professionals can play in addressing vaccine misinformation.
new cdc video series:  Pediatricians Answer Parent's HPV Vaccine Questions

Question mark icon The CDC's new Can I Ask You a Question video series for parents is now available for viewing. In the series, pediatricians use their expertise to answer parents' questions about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine and why it's important for preventing cancer. The videos feature pediatricians answering friends' questions about the HPV vaccine in a casual setting which reflect some of the most common questions parents have about the HPV vaccine.

Each video answers a different questi
on. Some of these questions include:
  • Why do kids need protection against HPV?
  • Do boys need the HPV vaccine?
  • Does the HPV vaccine really prevent cancer?
improving vaccination rates: Back-to-school is a great time to go Back to the Vaccination drawing board

school kids Has your practice reviewed its adolescent vaccine rates lately?  Do you know how your HPV initiation and completion rate compares to Meningitis and tDAP? 

Healthy People 2020 states that HPV vaccination rates should be approaching 80% by next year for both boys and girls. If you haven't checked your rates, National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to do so. By leveraging your electronic health record (EHR) or Immunization Information System (IIS), also known as DelVAX, you can identify patients that need to initiate or complete their HPV vaccination series along with other vaccines needed for back-to-school. 

Are you concerned that your patients are going to an Urgent Care, Medical Aid Unit or School Wellness Center for their vaccines and are not notifying you? No worries - check for you patients vaccination history in DelVAX to see which vaccines they have received. Levering the power of your IIS benefits both your practice and patients. 

In a public health study published in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, evidence demonstrated the following IIS capabilities:
  • Creates or supports effective interventions to increase vaccination rates, such as client reminder and recall, provider assessment and feedback, and provider reminders
  • Determines client vaccination status to inform decisions by clinicians, health care systems, and schools
  • Guides public health responses to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease
  • Informs assessments of vaccination coverage, missed vaccination opportunities, invalid dose administration, and disparities; and
  • Facilitates vaccine management and accountability.
After your practice reviews vaccination rates, a recommended next step is to establish vaccination goals for the next six months, one year, and two years. Pick an office and clinical HPV champion and as a team select at least one strategy to improve HPV and adolescent vaccination rates.  Studies have demonstrated that motivation through an immunization champion is a key pillar to successfully increasing vaccination rates, and what better time of the year than back-to-school season to launch this effort!
HPV Mandates for Children in Secondary Schools

Very few states require the HPV vaccine for school entry Do you know if children in secondary schools in Delaware are mandated to have the HPV vaccines?

According to the Immunization Action Coalition, HPV vaccinations are NOT mandated in the state of Delaware. 

State requirements have been limited since the HPV vaccine was approved in 2006, but studies via an online survey show that physicians support a school requirement.

join us: participate in the hpv vaccination initiative being led by quality insights

Quality Insights icon Is your practice interested in increasing HPV vaccination rates among your patient population? 

Contact Quality Insights Practice Transformation Specialist Lisa Gruss for details about the HPV initiative that Quality Insights is leading in the state of Delaware to supply education, academic detailing, HPV vaccination data reconciliation, and patient postcard reminder campaign to participating practices. 

All services are provided at NO COST to your practice and can increase your practice's HPV vaccination rates. 

contact information

For more details about the Quality Insights Improving HPV Vaccination Rates in Delaware project,  please email Lisa Gruss or call 1.800.642.8686, Ext. 138.

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This project is in collaboration with the Division of Public Health (DPH) - Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Immunization and 
Vaccines for Children, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Publication number DEDPH-HPV-080919