For Health Care Providers Serving Adolescents

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

On this page:
Video Resources
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?

Video Resources

  • 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

MDH is sponsoring a lecture tour and on-demand online webcast by Dr. Vince LaPorte on adolescent vaccination, with a special focus on HPV vaccine. Continuing medical education (CME) credit is available.

  • Adolescent Immunization
    Online CME of Dr. LaPorte's lecture available from the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Professional Development.
    Credits available:
    Up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Up to 1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credit
    Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Thurs., October 16, 12:00 p.m.
    Essentia Pediatric Lectureship
    St. Mary's Medical Center
    407 E. 3rd Street, Duluth, MN
  • Thurs.-Fri., Oct. 27-28, 2014, date and time TBA
    MDH Got Your Shots? Conference
    Open to conference attendees only; registration opens August 2014
    River's Edge Conference Center, St. Cloud, MN

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.

What online continuing education opportunities are available to providers?

  • PROTECT Online Webinars
    CE/CME credits are available for several free presentations pertinent to adolescent immunization. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Bringing Immunity to Every Community
    The American Nurses Association presents this free eLearning course, which provides CE credit. It covers vaccine safety and vaccine-preventable diseases in general and is valid through November 30, 2014. 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

  • NIP-IT
    The Nursing Initiative Promoting Immunization Training (NIP-IT) from the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing consists of six modules on general immunization topics for which nurses may receive CE credits. Free registration is required. 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

  • The Vaccine Quarterly Online
    This continuing education publication periodically offers CME credits on immunization topics. Attention: Non-MDH link

How can I educate my patients about vaccines?

  • 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 certain facilities. Search by county at Vaccine Clinics Serving Underinsured Children.

  • An insured child for whom a co-payment or deductible would pose a barrier to vaccination may be eligible for reduced-price vaccination at a local public health clinic or community health center (attention: non-MDH link) that operates a sliding fee scale.

  • 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, October 02, 2014 at 08:13AM