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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

  • Adolescent Immunization

    On-demand CME lecture by Dr. Vince LaPorte, available from the University of Minnesota Office of Continuing Professional Development. The webcast lasts one hour. Credits available:
    Up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Up to 1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credit
    Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Free On-Demand CME Webcast: Vaccinating Every Adolescent Patient (PDF)
    Please post or distribute this flyer to inform your colleagues that the on-demand online training is available.

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
  • Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers
    The Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia publishes a newsletter and offers periodic webinars. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • STFM Group on Immunization Education: Shots Online
    The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has developed a free app for iOS and Android devices to provide a quick reference to vaccines your patients may need at every age. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Best Practices Tip Sheet (PDF)
    The American Academy of Family Physicians compiled this two-page document with concise tips for increasing vaccination rates among patients of all ages. 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
  • EQIPP: Helping You Improve Care for Children
    The American Academy of Pediatrics presents “EQIPP: Immunizations,” which guides participants through a structured quality improvement process. It is free to AAP members and available for a fee to others. CME and MOC Part 4 credit are available. 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
  • Recommending HPV Vaccine Successfully
    In this CDC Expert Commentary, Dr. Anne Schuchat explains how a health care provider’s phrasing can determine whether a patient accepts HPV vaccination. Free Medscape registration is required. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • HPV Resource Center
    This page contains two archived webinars sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) as well as a Call to Action document developed by NFID, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and other professional medical associations. 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 websites, 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 Monday, March 21, 2016 at 08:19AM