Influenza (2015-16 season)12:
Meningococcal14: 80.8% (MMWR, August 2016)
Tdap14: 87.1% (MMWR, August 2016)
Remember: You can use the QIC (Quality Improvement Calculator) in OP to find out how vaccination rates at your practice compare to the national averages.
In addition to the national rates, you can also use the interactive maps, trend lines, bar charts, and data tables within the CDC’s Teen VaxView to view regional, state, and selected local area adolescent vaccination coverage.
Check vaccine status at every patient interaction. The likelihood of seeing your 11- or 12-year-old patients in your office for a well visit decreases as they get older15. [VACC-1214012-0000]. That said, there are opportunities to ensure your preteen and teen patients are up to date with vaccinations, including back-to-school check-ups, sports physicals, new patient evaluations, urgent and acute care, and follow-up visits. Use these opportunities to teach patients and their parents about the importance of staying up to date on their vaccinations.
Consider ways to help patients better understand your recommendations.
Staff education is also important and creates a positive culture and team-based approach for vaccinating. Setting goals and measuring success on an ongoing basis is a great way to make gradual improvements and hold your practice accountable.
Remember, OP offers tools that can also help you improve vaccination rates in your practice:
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