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?

Where can health professionals get information on vaccinating adults?

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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

What are the standards for adult immunization?

  • 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

How can I make vaccination a more routine part of my practice?

  • 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

How can I educate my patients about vaccines?

  • 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
  • View and Order VEC Resources
    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

  • 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

How can I help my patients afford vaccines?

  • 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.

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

  • 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.


Updated Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 10:35AM