GSA provides support to health care professionals seeking to improve immunization rates in a variety of ways. 

  1. Hosting trainings for health care professionals on how to be a change leader in immunization rates. See our Immunization Champions, Advocates, and Mentors Program (ICAMP) page for details. 
  2. Providing education on the National Vaccine Advisory Committee Standards for Adult Immunization Practice via our monthly newsletter.
  3. Identifying and sharing successes from state and local programs. 

Charting a Path to Increasing Immunization Rates in Long-Term Care

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This new publication details results of a stakeholder meeting, held in May 2018, to identify ways to raise to increase immunization rates in skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities, among both staff and residents. The group reviewed known strategies for improving immunization rates in long-term care, including:

  • Making consent a standard part of the admission process
  • Using a standard form to record all vaccination information
  • Implement standing orders
  • Collecting uniform data on vaccination coverage
  • Enhancing education about vaccine safety and efficacy
  • Using incentive and recognition programs

The group also prioritized five action items for next steps, including:

  • Increasing use of mandatory vaccination policies
  • Making vaccination a condition of hire
  • Implementing mandatory vaccination policies for residents
  • Creating tip sheets for billing and best practice
  • Examining existing tools and resources for opportunities to weave immunization into work on existing priorities

For more information on implementing a vaccination requirement, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit offers additional resources.

 

Aging and Immunity: The Important Role of Vaccines

agingandimmunity Published in December 2017, this new guidebook from GSA, the American College of Physicians, and the American Pharmacists Association from GSA, the American College of Physicians, and the American Pharmacists Association is designed to help health care professionals understand the biological impact of aging on immunity and reinforce the importance of adult immunization, especially for vaccine-preventable diseases such as shingles, pneumonia, and influenza. The guidebook also offers practical tips and strategies for supporting aging patients’ health and overcoming barriers to vaccination. Funding for the guidebook was provided by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline.



Adult Immunization: Successful Programs Leading the Way to Higher Rates

On November 7, 2017, GSA hosted a roundtable discussion featuring 3 programs that have been successful in improving adult immunization rates in both health systems and the community. The presentations are listed here. For questions about the program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A summary of the meeting, which can be used in presentations is also available. If you would like the PowerPoint version of the summary to use in your own presentation, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks to GSK for providing in-kind support for the program.