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Apply for Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit

AAFP

The AAFP is recruiting 10 family physicians for the Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit. If you meet the criteria, KAFP urges you to apply. Applications due by June 22, 2018.  The summit focus will be on immunizations for adolescent’s 11-18 years of age and how family physicians utilize evidence-based interventions and system changes to improve immunization rates among that age cohort. Each participant will present their best practices and lessons learned at the Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit. The emphasis of the summit is to have physicians summarize how their practice increased adolescent immunization through the operation of a quality improvement program or project. This will also include implementation of a team-based approach and sustainability plan within the practice.

For more information about eligibility, requirements, recognition and compensation, visit Adolescent Immunization Best Practices Summit. Questions? Contact Pamela Carter-Smith by email or phone (800)274-2237 ext. 3162.

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Kansas Official Release of the HPV Vaccination Report Available

CDC

Your jurisdiction’s HPV vaccination report is now available. View December 2017 report. View May 2018 report. These reports highlight your jurisdiction’s HPV–associated cancer burden in addition to distribution data for all CDC and non-CDC distributed Gardasil 9 vaccines for 2017. Please see below for more information on how to interpret the vaccine distribution data. . If you have any questions, please contact hpvquarterlyreport@cdc.gov.

HPV vaccine distribution data:

The graph on the front page of the HPV Vaccination Report indicates your jurisdiction’s progress towards a “goal” of distributing enough HPV vaccine to immunize the estimated total number of 11-year-olds in your jurisdiction. The 2015 US Census and American Community Survey  were used to obtain the population estimate of 11-year-olds in your jurisdiction. Based on this estimate, CDC was able to calculate the number of doses needed to immunize this cohort in your state or city with 2 doses of vaccine. Historically in the United States, 20 percent of annual HPV vaccine doses have been distributed in the first quarter, 20 percent in the second quarter, 35 percent in the third quarter, and 25 percent in the fourth quarter. These are the benchmarks used to measure your jurisdiction’s progress each quarter.  The gold arrow indicates your jurisdiction’s ordering trend last year and its progress towards distributing 100 percent of its estimated HPV vaccine doses in 2017.  Data presented in this report includes all CDC and non-CDC HPV vaccine orders. Although the number of doses needed to vaccinate your 11-year-old cohort is estimated, doses that were distributed in 2017 may have been administered to individuals between the ages of 9 and 26 years.

Is Your Practice Ready for Mandatory Immunization Reporting?

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Did you know that reporting immunization administrations to the Kansas Immunization Registry, also referred to as KSWebIZ, has become a law?

KSWebIZ is the statewide, web-based, centralized database that maintains secure, complete, and accurate immunization records for all Kansas residents.

Registry data is used by healthcare professionals to streamline information and avoid unnecessary immunizations as well as assure adequate immunizations occur when patients can’t remember their own data. For more information visit greatplansqin.org. For assistance, contact Erin McGuire at 785.271.4120 or via email at Erin.Mcguire@area-a.hcqis.org.

 

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Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week is April 21–28

IAC Express

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. NIIW will be held this year on April 21–28.

CDC’s 2018 NIIW Digital Media Toolkit is now available for planning and implementing your NIIW activities.  Visit CDC’s updated NIIW website to find a wide assortment of promotional and educational materials to help you plan your NIIW activities, and tailor them to the needs of your practice.

CDC would like to hear from organizations planning a 2018 NIIW activity. Please complete the NIIW Activity Form so others can learn what you’re doing to educate and inspire parents and providers to protect infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases. If you’re looking for ideas, you can access guidance on CDC’s Planning Your NIIW web page.

Kansas Vaccines for Children provider enrollment begins April 16

Kansas Immunization Program

The annual Kansas Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider enrollment period will be April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018. All current VFC providers are required to submit the annual enrollment electronically. All providers are encouraged to plan now for this process and be prepared to submit enrollment as quickly as possible when the enrollment period opens. You will be required to provide your current patient profile (number of children by age and eligibility type), current provider names with license numbers, and current contact information including email addresses for the primary and back-up VFC contacts and the medical director. Questions? Contact KDHE Immunization Program 877-296-0464.

Documenting Vaccinations Valuable Tools & Resources

IAC Express

Recently updated, Immunization Action Coalition’s Clinic Tools: Documenting Vaccinations web page on immunize.org is a collection of resources from IAC and other organizations related to documenting vaccinations. This web page can be found by selecting the “Clinic Tools” tab (third from the left) in the light gray banner across the top of every immunize.org web page and then selecting “Documenting Vaccinations” in the drop-down menu. Enjoy exploring!

National Infant Immunization Week: April 21-28

IAC Express

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 21–28. Take the opportunity to highlight the important role vaccines play in protecting children and communities from serious diseases.

You and your staff have an important role in helping parents choose vaccines for their children. To highlight childhood immunizations this NIIW: