AQIN is working with physicians, clinicians, pharmacists, home health agencies, 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 (IIS).
Despite improvement in vaccination rates, the current rates are still below the goals of Healthy People 2020. 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. This proportion is likely to increase as life expectancy increases.
- 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.
Goals of the project:
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, 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
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) Immunization and Vaccination Website
Vaccine Information Statements
Vaccine Information Statements translations in Multiple llanguages from Immunization Action Coalition
Guide to Immunization Contra indications from Immunization Action Coalition
Vaccine Storage and Handling
New York State Department of Health’s Vaccine Safety and the Importance of Immunization Website
New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS)
Resources for Adult Vaccination Insurance and Payment
Medicare Billing for Immunizations:
Take A Stand: Vaccines Standing Orders Benefit Patients and Practices (Assess, Administer, and Document)
May 17, 2016
1:30 - 2:30pm ET
Adult Immunizations Update for 2016-2017
Speaker: Aileen Bown, PharmD
August 31, 2016.
For Medicare Beneficiaries
Although immunizations for children are usually emphasized, adults need vaccinations, as well. This is not only to prevent illness in yourself, but to protect others around you.
According to the CDC), too few adults are getting their recommended vaccines. Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. still suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die due to diseases for which vaccines are available.
The CDC recommends that adults receive the following immunizations:
- Seasonal influenza vaccine
- Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)
- Pneumococcal vaccine
- Herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine
Please take this quiz to identify what vaccines you may need. You can print the results and bring it to your primary care doctor/clinician to discuss what vaccines are recommended for you.
Three Important Reasons to Get Vaccinated
Know What Vaccinations You Need
What You Need to Know About Shingles Vaccination
To learn more about this Immunization Project or to join the project, please contact your local representative