Vaccine Finder

Vaccines are available at private doctor offices, as well as other convenient locations such as pharmacies, workplaces, community health clinics and health departments. Find one nearest to you now!

Additional Resources

To learn more visit this CDC web page.

   Immunization

(En Español)

Improving Immunization Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries and Reducing Healthcare Disparities

New York South Carolina Washington D.C.

Adults forget how important vaccines are for them as well as children! They should receive vaccines to protect them from getting serious preventable illnesses. According to the CDC, too few adults are getting their recommended vaccines. Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. suffer serious health problems and are hospitalized due to preventable diseases that could ultimately lead to death.

Although immunizations for children are usually emphasized, adults need vaccinations, as well. Not only can vaccine-preventable diseases make you very sick, but also may risk you spreading certain diseases to others.

Did you know? That anyone even young, healthy adults can get sick from the flu and spread it to others. Buzz buzz (text message: You coming out tonight? I can't I have the flu. My niece and girlfriend have it now too.) The short time it will take you to get a flu vaccine. Can help protect you and the ones you love. The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. #FightFlu

Why do adults need vaccinations?

  • Disease knows no age: Vaccines are recommended for adults as young as 19 years old.
  • Many adults may no longer be protected by vaccines received in childhood or weren’t fully immunized as a child.
  • Booster doses for some vaccines (e.g., whooping cough) are recommended to remain protected.

Vaccines adults should receive and when:

  • Influenza (flu) vaccine - Yearly
  • Td or Tdap vaccine - Once
    Note: Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot - Every 10 years (women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant)
  • Zoster vaccine - Age 60
  • One or two pneumococcal vaccines - Age 65

Adult vaccines are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines.

What we do:

AQIN is working with physicians, clinicians, pharmacists, pharmacies and stakeholders in New York, the District of Columbia and South Carolina to improve immunization rates, improve documentation of patients’ immunization status and encourage reporting to Department of Health’s Immunization Information Systems.

Despite improvement in vaccination rates, the current rates are still below the goals of Healthy People 2020.

Project Goals:

Achieve immunization rates of

  • 70% for influenza
  • 90% for pneumococcal
  • 30% for herpes zoster

AQIN is supporting certified home health agencies that join the project to improve assessment of immunization status by: 

  • Providing educational programs, best practices, intervention tools and resources.
  • Identifying opportunities to enhance communication among home health agencies and other care providers.
  • Providing assistance to review reports of immunization status from cardiovascular data registry and identify areas for improvement.

Why?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Influenza infections are associated with thousands of deaths every year in the United States, with the majority of deaths from seasonal influenza occurring among adults aged ≥65 years.
  • It is estimated that about 900,000 Americans get pneumococcal pneumonia each year and about 5-7% die from it.
  • An estimated 15%–30% of the general population experience herpes zoster during their lifetimes.
  • The most common complication of herpes zoster, particularly in older persons, is post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), the persistence of sometimes debilitating pain weeks to months after resolution of herpes zoster.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) Immunization and Vaccination Website

Immunization schedules

Vaccine Information Statements

Vaccine Information Statements  translations in Multiple languages from Immunization Action Coalition

Guide to Immunization Contra indications from Immunization Action Coalition

Vaccine Storage and Handling

Resources for Adult Vaccination Insurance and Payment

Medicare Billing for Immunizations

Three Important Reasons to Get Vaccinated

Know What Vaccinations You Need

What You Need to Know About Shingles Vaccination

Vaccine Finder

Vaccination record

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/vaccines-and-immunizations.page

Initiatives

Care Coordination
Care Coordination DC
Resources
Care Coordination NY
Overview
Beneficiaries and Families
Healthcare Professionals
Other Website Resources
Tools and Resources
Past Success
Upcoming Events
Past Events
Blog
Contact Us
Care Coordination SC
Cardiovascular Health
Cardiovascular Health (DC)
Cardiovascular Health (NY)
Cardiovascular Health (SC)
Community Based Sepsis
Educational Events/Webinars
Sepsis in the News
Tools and Resources
Diabetes Self-Management
EDC Foot Care Campaign
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DC)
Diabetes Self-Management Education (NY)
Diabetes Self-Management Education (SC)
Drug Safety
Anticoagulation Safety
Hypoglycemia Avoidance
Opioid Safety
Opioid Safety (DC)
Drug Safety (DC)
Drug Safety (NY)
Drug Safety (SC)
Hospital Safety
Hospital Safety (DC)
Hospital Safety (NY)
Hospital Safety (SC)
Immunization
Immunization (DC)
Immunization (NY)
Immunization (SC)
SC Immunization Coalition Materials
Español
Nursing Home Quality
Nursing Home Quality (NY)
QAPI Self-Assessment
Casper Data
Eliminating Inappropriate Antipsychotic Medication Use
Clinical Quality Measures (QM)
Composite Measure Score
NHQCC Collaborative I Kick-Off
NHQCC Collaborative I Outcomes Congress
QI/QAPI
Using a System's Approach to Quality & Performance Improvement
Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) Learning
Engaging Staff in Individualized Care
QAPI Self-Assessment and Related Resources
QAPI In Action
Quality Improvement (QI) Resources
Quality Improvement Strategies
Steps to QAPI
Elements for Framing QAPI in Nursing Homes
Clinical Topics
Medication Use Tools & Resources
Pressure Ulcer Clinical Tools & Resources
Restraint Clinical Tools & Resources
Falls with Major Injuries
Health Care Acquired Conditions
Eliminating Long Term Care Re-Admissions Tools & Resources
Resources
Consumers
Nursing Home Quality (DC)
Nursing Home Quality (SC)
ACE e-Newsletter
Clinical Topics
Organizational Change
Presentations and Handouts
QI/QAPI
Upcoming Events
Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship
Core Element One: Commitment
Core Element Two: Action for Policy and Practice
Core Element Three: Tracking and Reporting
Core Element Four: Education and Expertise
Technology-Enhanced Care
Meaningful Use of HIT (DC)
Meaningful Use of HIT (NY)
Meaningful Use of HIT (SC)
Transforming End of Life
Quality Payment Program
Request Technical Assistance
QPP Education
QPP General Information
Quality Measures
Improvement Activities (IA)
Advancing Care Information (ACI)
Cost
Alternative Payment Models (APMs)

Contact Us

New York
Veronica Pryor, RN, MPA
Immunization Task Leader
Project Manager
Health Care Quality Improvement Program
IPRO
1979 Marcus Avenue
Lake Success, NY 11042
Direct: (516) 209-5631 or (516) 326-7767, ext. 631
Main: (516) 326-7767
Fax: (516) 304-3795
vpryor@ipro.org

South Carolina
Melinda Postal
Quality Specialist, SC-AQIN/QIO
The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence
12040 Regency Parkway, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27518-8597
Tel: (803) 212-7535
Fax: (516) 233-3358
mpostal@thecarolinascenter.org

District of Columbia
Jennifer Thomas, PharmD
Medication Safety/Quality, ADE Reductions and Immunization Task Lead
Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, District of Columbia (AQIN-DC)
Delmarva Foundation
6940 Columbia Gateway Dr. Suite 420
Columbia, MD  21046
Tel: (410) 872-9698
thomasj@delmarvafoundation.org
Jennifer.Thomas@area-i.hcqis.org