The following resources from the CDC and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases will help guide both providers and patients about the importance of adult immunizations and why they are an important part of staying healthy.
- Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
- Adult Vaccine Recommendations
- Strategies for Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates
- Resources for Insurance and Payment
- Older Adults
- Pregnant Women
- Adults with Chronic Health Conditions
- Healthcare Workers
- Spanish Speakers
- Are there vaccines that protect adults against communicable diseases?
- Which vaccinations do adults need?
- Where can I get my vaccines?
- How often do I need to be vaccinated?
- What do these vaccines cost?
New Jersey Immunization Information System
The NJIIS is the established statewide immunization information system serving as the official repository of immunizations administered to children in New Jersey.
1. In a systematic review, in utero exposure to influenza vaccine was not associated with adverse health outcomes in children older than 6 months of age.
2. All-cause morbidity and mortality, infectious, autoimmune, atopic, and neurodevelopmental outcomes were examined in the study, which included data from over 750,000 children.
Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)
Study Rundown: Influenza while seemingly common, is a respiratory infection that can be life threatening, particularly in young children and pregnant women. Influenza vaccination of pregnant women has been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness in infants during the first 6 months of life. However, skepticism of adverse effects of the vaccine has led to low rates of immunization amongst pregnant women. This study is the first systematic review to assess long term health outcomes in children who were exposed to maternal influenza vaccine in utero. Studies that examined health outcomes of children between age 6 months and 5 years were included in the review, encompassing hundreds of thousands of children. No statistically significant association was found between in utero exposure to influenza vaccine and all cause morbidity and mortality as well as a number of infectious, autoimmune, and neurodevelopmental outcomes. Meta-analyses were not possible due to the small number of studies available. Generalization of the results is limited by the fact that most studies examined exposure to pandemic (not seasonal) influenza vaccines, and all of them were conducted in high income countries in North America or Europe. Nonetheless, the results provide further evidence that maternal immunization with influenza vaccine is unlikely to cause adverse childhood health outcomes and can confidently be recommended to pregnant women.
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As part of the I Raise the Rates adult immunization project, several practice teams have created vaccination assessments and standing orders. The four listed below are courtesy of the St. Francis Medical Team in Trenton, feel free to adapt them for your own practice:
- Tdap – Assessment / Standing Order
- Pneumococcal for patients age 19-64 – Assessment / Standing Order
- Pneumococcal for patients age 65+ – Assessment / Standing Order
- Influenza – Assessment / Standing Order
CME Opportunity: Protect Your Patients through Safe Injection Practices
Earn 1 hour CME while discovering what you can do as a health care provider to ensure safe injections are administered to your patients; help identify pathogens associated with unsafe injection; and understand methods for preventing transmission through this CME-approved article, co-authored by David Abel, DO and Sindy M. Paul, MD, MPH.
CME Opportunity: HPV Cancer Prevention
CDC has added a new CME Video for healthcare professionals as part of the “You Are the Key to HPV Prevention” campaign. It provides up-to-date information on HPV infection, HPV vaccines, and ways to communicate with patients and parents about HPV vaccination.