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Adolescent Vaccination

Preteens and teens can be at risk for potentially serious diseases. A check-up is a good time to talk with patients and their parents about health issues and diseases that may affect preteens and teens.1

Understanding adolescent vaccination rates

Understanding your adolescent vaccination rates is the first step toward making practice improvements. Before you can create a plan for improving vaccination rates in your practice, it’s important to understand how you are performing at a practice level. By leveraging the Quality Improvement Calculator (QIC) in OP, you can better understand vaccination rates and performance. Understanding the data can help empower you to create an improvement plan.

Improving

vaccination rates

Take action to improve your practice’s vaccination rates:

  • Review local, state, and national vaccine coverage rates.
    • Certain national vaccination rates are provided on this page for your easy reference.
  • Take note of how your practice’s vaccination rates compare. Remember, you can review your vaccination rates by leveraging the QIC in OP.
  • Share this information with your office staff and colleagues.
  • Identify ways to improve vaccination rates within your practice.
    • You can use OP’s proprietary VacLogic algorithm to automate vaccine forecasting, making it easy to recall patients that are due, overdue, and will become due for a vaccination so they can be scheduled for a visit.
    • The DAR (Demographic Analysis Recall) reporting in OP allows you to send e-mails and calls right from the DAR to effectively manage your active patient list, keeping them up to date and on schedule for all of their vaccines.
  • Collaborate with other practices to learn how they were successful in efforts to improve vaccination rates among adolescents.
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Certain national averages for childhood and adolescent vaccination:

Influenza (2015–16 season)2:

  • 5–12 years old: 61.8%
  • 13–17 years old: 46.8%

Meningococcal3: 80.8% (2015)*

Tdap3: 87.1% (2015)*

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.

*13-15 years of age ≥ 1 dose

Act now

Check vaccination status at every patient interaction. The likelihood of seeing your adolescent patients in your office for a well visit decreases as they get older4. 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.

  • Explain their personal risk
  • Discuss the potential complications or consequences of getting a vaccine-preventable disease
  • Share a professional experience
  • Share the efficacy and safety profile of the vaccine
  • Let them know you recommend they receive the vaccine today

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:

  • QIC (Quality Improvement Calculator) gives you the ability to rev iew vaccination rates at your practice.
  • The VacLogic algorithm enables you to automate vaccine forecasting, making it easy to recall patients that are due, overdue, and will become due for a vaccination so they can be scheduled for a visit.
  • DAR (Demographic Analysis Recall) allows you to identify key areas for improvement and then act on it by sending recall texts, e-mails, and calls to effectively manage your active patient list, keeping them up to date and on schedule for all of their vaccines.
  • PMX (Patient Message eXchange) and Patient Portal allow you to proactively reach out to patients and parents to make appointments.
References:
1.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Teen VaxView for Health Care Professionals.https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/imzmanagers/coverage/teenvaxview/groups/hcp.html. Last updated August 24, 2017. Accessed October 13, 2017. 2.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Flu vaccination coverage, United States, 2015-16 influenza season. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/fluvaxview/coverage-1516estimates.htm. Public September 29, 22016. Accessed June 8, 2017. 3. Reagan-Steiner S, Yankey D, Jeyarajah J, et al. National, regional, state, and selected local area vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13-17 years – United States, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016; 65:850-858. 4. Data available on request from Merck Professional Services-DAP, WP 1-27, PO Box 4, West Point, PA 19486-0004.

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