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For Health Care Providers Serving Adolescents

Resources to help you make sure adolescent patients get the immunizations they need.

On this page:
HPV Vaccine Communication Video
Adolescent Vaccination CME
Where can health professionals get information on vaccinating adolescents?
What online continuing education opportunities are available to providers?
How can I educate my patients about vaccines?
How can I help my patients afford vaccines?
How can I determine which vaccines my patients have already had?

HPV Vaccine Communication Video

  • HPV Vaccine Video for Health Care Providers
    MDH has created a 12-minute video for health care providers on HPV vaccine communication. The video begins with humorous vignettes and then presents four model clinical encounters in which providers demonstrate low-stress ways of recommending HPV vaccine and answering questions from patients and parents. Each of the model encounters can also be viewed individually.

Adolescent Vaccination CME

Where can health care professionals get information on vaccinating adolescents?

  • Who Needs Vaccines, When
    Updated annually, these schedules contain the consensus recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • CDC Email Updates
    Through this page, you can subscribe to CDC email services, including several that pertain to vaccines. Two that may be of particular interest are updates on official and provisional recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Call to Action: HPV Vaccination as a Public Health Priority
    This report reviews the disease burden of HPV and summarizes the recommendations of a roundtable convened by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Attention: Non-MDH link

What other online continuing education opportunities are available to providers?

  • Online Education
    National Foundation for Infectious Diseases past president Dr. Carol Baker reviews recent changes in the recommendations for vaccinating adolescents in a webinar titled “Vaccines for Young Adults." Attention: Non-MDH link
  • PediaLink Immunizations Courses
    The American Academy of Pediatrics presents two free one-hour courses, one on strongly recommending HPV vaccine and the other on office strategies for increasing adolescent immunization. The Academy also offers “Immunizations – Improve Your Practice Rates,” which guides participants through a structured quality improvement process related to immunization rates. This program is free to AAP members and available for a fee to others. All three programs provide CME credit. The quality improvement activity is also approved for MOC Part 4 credit. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • HPV: Reduce the Risk for Adolescent Patients
    This webcast from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) provides AAFP Preferred credit. Free for AAFP members. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • PROTECT Online Webinars
    CE/CME credits are available for several free presentations pertinent to adolescent immunization. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Immunization: You Call the Shots
    The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research presents this free training module on immunization, for which CME is available. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • CDC Education & Training on Immunization
    CDC offers many learning opportunities in broadcast, webcast, DVD, and other formats. Attention: Non-MDH link

How can I educate my patients about vaccines?

  • The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine
    This infographic illustrates the processes through which vaccines are developed, approved, manufactured, recommended for use, and monitored for safety. Attention: Non-MDH link
    • CDC-INFO on Demand - Publications
      You can order a poster of the above infographic. Find the file by entering the word 'journey' in the Search for Text filter. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Vaccines for Teens
    Refer your patients and their parents to MDH’s web page for adolescent patients.

  • Print Materials for Preteens and Teens
    CDC maintains a collection of print materials on adolescent vaccination in a variety of languages. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Vaccine Education Center
    The Vaccine Education Center  at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has created tear sheets on HPV, meningococcal, and Tdap vaccines, in addition to its other pediatric vaccine offerings. A patient education booklet on adolescent vaccination is also available. All are available in English or Spanish; you can print them yourself or order printed copies. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Healthy Student Brochure
    This booklet, from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, includes information on vaccines young adults should receive before entering college.  Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Reliable Sources of Immunization Information
    This two-page handout suggests science-based web sites, publications, and videos for patients who have questions about vaccines.

How can I help my patients afford vaccines?

  • Use your Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program (MnVFC) vaccine supply for adolescents under age 19 who are:
    • Uninsured
    • Eligible for Medical Assistance
    • Enrolled in MinnesotaCare
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Insured children whose insurance doesn’t cover the vaccines they need may receive MnVFC vaccine at federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, or certain local public health agencies. For help finding a clinic your patients can use, call the MnVFC Program at 651-201-5522 or 800-657-3970.
  • The parent of an insured child can call the customer service number on the back of the child's insurance card if there is a question about coverage.

How can I determine which vaccines my patients have already had?

Updated Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 04:22PM