Improving influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccine rates

Increasing Adult Vaccinations

Improving influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccine rates

Raising awareness of preventable diseases

Educating Seniors About Prevention

Raising awareness of preventable diseases

Accessing status and documenting in EMRs and registries

Promoting Documentation by Practitioners

Accessing status and documenting in EMRs and registries


Improving Immunization Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries and Reducing Healthcare Disparities

New York South Carolina Washington D.C.

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

Immunization schedules:

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
47 Minutes

Recorded Webinar


Adult Immunizations Update for 2016-2017
Speaker: Aileen Bown, PharmD 
August 31, 2016.    

Recorded Webinar 

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


Vaccination Quiz

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

Vaccine Finder

Vaccination record

To learn more about this Immunization Project or to join the project, please contact your local representative


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Veronica Pryor, RN, MPA
Immunization Task Leader
Project Manager
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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

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

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