Immunization (SC)

Improving Immunization Rates for Medicare Beneficiaries and Reducing Healthcare Disparities  

Improving Immunizations for Disease Protection in South Carolina

The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME), as part of the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN) in partnership with IPRO and the Delmarva Foundation, is working with physicians, clinicians, pharmacists, and stakeholders in South Carolina to improve immunization rates, improve documentation of patients’ immunization status, and encourage reporting to the Department of Health’s Immunization Information Systems (IIS). The task work is funded by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

As part of the task work, CCME is bonding and bridging partnerships to form The South Carolina Immunization Coalition (SCIC), a group of committed immunization providers and stakeholders that support the Healthy People’s 2020 immunization goals. South Carolina immunization rates for influenza and pneumonia fall short of the Healthy People’s 2020 goals, and thousands of Americans die each year from these preventable diseases. The 2020 target goals include:

    • Influenza: Immunize 70 percent of children and adults and 90 percent of health care workers
    • Pneumonia: Immunize 90 percent of non-institutionalized adults 65 years and older, 60 percent of non-institutionalized high risk adults ages 17-65 years, and 90 percent of institutionalized adults 18 years and older
    • Shingles: Reach a 30 percent immunization rate.

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has joined CCME as a lead partner, working to expand the promotion of immunizations for all ages.  The SCIC will provide education, sharing of best practices, intervention tools, and resources, and apply strategic initiatives at the community level, collectively with multiple partners, to reach its goals and improve the quality of life and overall health of South Carolinians. To learn more about the SC AQIN Immunization work, please contact Melinda Postal at or 803-212-7535.


Center 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 Contraindications from Immunization Action Coalition:

Vaccine Storage and Handling:

DHEC Immunization Website:

DHEC Immunization Registry & Resources:

Resources for Adult Vaccination Insurance and Payment:

Medicare Billing for Immunizations:

Seasonal Flu Clinics in South Carolina:

What You Need to Know About Shingles Vaccination:

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:

Proclamation Senior Vaccination Season 2015

Proclamation Senior Vaccination Season 2016 - 2017


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Veronica Pryor, RN, MPA
Immunization Task Leader
Project Manager
Health Care Quality Improvement Program
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
246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 200
Columbia, South Carolina 29210-8000
Direct: (803) 212-7535
Fax: (919) 380-7637

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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
Phone: (410) 872-9698