For Health Care Providers Serving Adults - Minnesota Dept. of Health

For Health Care Providers Serving Adults

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

On this page:
General adult immunization information
Provider education and training resources
Patient immunization history assessment
Patient education resources
Vaccine referral for adult patients
Resources for specific health care provider groups

General adult immunization information

  • Adult Immunization Schedules
    Updated annually, these schedules contain information you will need to determine the vaccines your adult patients need.
  • Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
    The National Vaccine Advisory Committee, with input from many stakeholders, published this report posted on the CDC website that outlines the roles and responsibilities of health care professionals, including those who do and do not administer vaccines.
  • AdultVaxView
    Immunization coverage data from CDC that you can explore at the local, state and national level through interactive maps, charts, and tables.

Provider education and training resources

  • CDC Immunization Education and Training
    CDC offers numerous immunization educational resources and training programs for health care providers. Many trainings provide continuing education credits.
  • Got Your Shots? News
    Stay informed with monthly immunization updates from the Minnesota Department of Health. Subscribe to get email alters when the newsletter is published.
  • Clinical information for health care professionals on vaccine-preventable diseases:
    • Hepatitis A
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine information.
    • Hepatitis B
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine information.
    • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
      Information and resources for implementing the 2-dose and 3-dose HPV recommendations.
    • Influenza
      Get the latest flu vaccination recommendations in the Minnesota Fall Flu Guide.
    • Meningococcal
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine information.
    • Pertussis
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine information.
    • Pneumococcal
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine inforamtion. Use the Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination Pocket Guide to determine who should be vaccinated and when.
    • Shingles
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine information.
    • Tetanus
      Disease, reporting, and vaccine information.

Patient immunization history assessment

  • Screening and Assessing
    This is the first and most important step in safely vaccinating patients. Get an immunization history to make sure the patient receives all the vaccines they need at the correct intervals.
  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC)
    MIIC is an electronic system that combines immunizations a patient has received into a single record, even if they were given by different health care providers or at different locations. MIIC also provides tools to support your immunization practice. Using MIIC makes it easier to ensure your patients stay up-to-date on immunizations.

Patient education resources

  • Vaccines for Adults
    MDH provides reliable resources for adult patients on the vaccines they need.

Vaccine referral for adult patients

  • Vaccination Clinics Serving Uninsured and Underinsured Adults
    Clinics throughout Minnesota participate in an MDH program that provides free or low-cost vaccines to qualifying adults. If you do not practice in a participating clinic, use this clinic locator to find one and refer your qualifying patients.
  • HealthMap Vaccine Finder
    Use the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to search for clinics in the area if you need to refer a patient somewhere else to get a vaccine you do not stock. Stress the importance of calling ahead to ask about vaccine availability, cost, and if an appointment is needed.

Resources for specific health care provider groups


Updated Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 04:52PM