For Health Care Providers Serving Adults
Resources to help you make sure adult patients get the immunizations they need.
On this page:
Where can health professionals get information on vaccinating adults?
What are the standards for adult immunization?
How can I make vaccination a more routine part of my practice?
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?
- Adult Immunization Schedules
Updated annually, these schedules contain all the information you will need to determine your patients’ vaccination needs.
- Adult Immunization Initiative
The American College of Physicians offers a free adult immunization webinar series, the ACP Guide to Adult Immunization, the ACP Immunization Advisor app for iOS devices, and an RSS feed of adult immunization news. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Adult Immunization CME Learning Center
Sponsored by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, this Medscape site contains continuing education presentations on many topics related to adult vaccination. The site is free to use, but registration is required. Attention: Non-MDH link
Free registration required for access to these interactive case-based exercises from Medscape. These will challenge your knowledge of adult vaccine recommendations. Attention: Non-MDH links
- PROTECT Online Webinars
CE/CME credits are available for several free presentations pertinent to adult immunization. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Immunization: You Call the Shots
Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates: What Works
The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research presents two training modules. CME credit is available for "You Call the Shots," which covers immunization generally. Both programs are free. Attention: Non-MDH links
Public Health Service Letter
This letter, jointly authored by CDC and many professional organizations, outlines the urgency of giving Tdap and influenza vaccines during pregnancy. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Immunization for Women: ACOG Resources
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers toolkits, an iPhone/iPad app, and committee opinions regarding immunization of women during pregnancy. 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
- MMWR CEs: Serial Publications
CE/CME credit is available for several CDC presentations on immunization. Free registration is required. After registration, use the keyword “immunization” to search for courses. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Facts About Pneumococcal Disease and Prevention in Adults (PDF: 593KB/2 pages)
Professional Practice Toolkit
These resources from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases address pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adults and how to overcome barriers to pneumococcal vaccination. Attention: Non-MDH links
Public Policy & Aging Report
This report from the Gerontological Society of America includes a chapter on practices that demonstrably improve vaccination rates among older adults. Attention: Non-MDH link
- 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
- Vaccinate Adults
The Immunization Action Coalition publishes this review of developments in adult vaccination. Attention: Non-MDH link
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- Order Printed Immunization Materials
Using the fax-back/mail-in form For Professionals, you can order MDH’s three laminated pocket guides – Pneumococcal Vaccination, Pregnancy and Vaccination, and Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention – and other MDH materials for professionals.
CDC Vaccine Schedules App for Clinicians and Other Immunization Providers
STFM Group on Immunization Education: Shots On-line
CDC and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine have developed free apps for iOS and Android devices to provide a quick reference to vaccines your patients may need at every age. Attention: Non-MDH links
- CDC Influenza (Flu)
CDC has created a free app for the iPhone and iPad which provides the latest influenza vaccination, testing, and treatment recommendations and updates on disease activity. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
The National Vaccine Advisory Committee, with input from many stakeholders, published this report outlining the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals – including those who do and do not administer vaccines – as well as those of health care organizations and public health departments. Attention: Non-MDH link
- PROTECT Adult Practice Tools
A collaboration including the University of Nebraska, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association presents this selection of resources for keeping your practice up-to-date and efficient in vaccinating adults. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Professional Practice Toolkit
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created a newsletter article template, answering machine message scripts, and several printable materials to promote adult vaccination in your practice. It also links to adult vaccination protocols from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Best Practices Tip Sheet
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
- Teaching Immunization Delivery and Evaluation
The Academic Pediatric Association offers educational modules on topics including measuring and improving immunization rates. CE credit is available. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Vaccines for Adults
MDH has identified several reliable sources of vaccine information for adult patients. Many of them include printable materials you can post in your office or give to individual patients.
- Resources for Educating Adult Patients about Vaccines
CDC maintains a collection of print and multimedia materials for adults generally, older adults, pregnant women, travelers, adults with special health conditions, and healthcare workers. Attention: Non-MDH link
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Vaccine Webinar Series
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center has created tear sheets on HPV, shingles, and Tdap vaccines, in addition to its pediatric offerings. A patient education booklet covering all adult vaccines is also available, as is a series of live webinars covering current topics in immunization. All print materials are available in English and Spanish; you can print them yourself or order printed copies. Attention: Non-MDH links
- Adult Vaccines: A Grown Up Thing to Do
From the American Academy of Microbiology, this sixteen-page color booklet and trifold brochure are available for printing. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Professional Practice Toolkit
This collection of resources from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases includes patient education handouts and reminder materials in Spanish and English. Attention: Non-MDH link
- Adult Vaccine Access Algorithm (PDF: 77KB/1 page)
MDH has created a flow chart to help you determine whether your adult patients are eligible for assistance with the costs of vaccination.
- Uninsured and Underinsured Adult Vaccine Clinics
Certain health clinics participate in an MDH program that provides free vaccines to qualifying adults. Most locations are community health centers and public health clinics. If you do not practice in a participating clinic, use this clinic locator to find one to which you can refer qualifying patients. To determine whether a patient will qualify for free vaccine at a participating clinic use the Adult Vaccine Access Algorithm listed above.
- Helping Your Adult Clients Pay for Vaccines (PDF: 306KB/4 pages)
The second page of this document contains a list compiled by the State of Michigan of vaccine manufacturer patient assistance programs. Attention: Non-MDH link
- If you don’t have access to your patient’s full medical history, you can look up your patient’s record in the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC). The adult immunization schedule and General Recommendations on Immunization (attention: Non-MDH link) provide guidance on how to proceed when you are unsure about what vaccines your patient has already received.