Occupational Health Professional Tips

Information that may be useful to occupational health professionals who are preparing to offer vaccines at worksites.

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On this page:
Starting or Enhancing a Program
Training and Staffing

General Vaccine Information
Ordering Vaccine
Employee Education and Promotion Materials
Handling and Administering Vaccine
Vaccine Clinic Logistics
Recording Vaccinations in MIIC

Starting or Enhancing a Program

Training and Staffing

  • Mark of Excellence
    Mark of Excellence Community Vaccinators
    Mark of Excellence is a program that MDH developed to recognize community vaccinators who fulfill certain quality measures. Occupational health personnel are welcome to attend the annual Mark of Excellence training event to sharpen and update their skills, although non-public sites are not eligible for Mark of Excellence certification. For more information, contact Lisa Harris at lisa.harris@state.mn.us or 651-201-3523. If your department is in need of temporary staff for clinic dates, you may wish to contact one of the community vaccinators that have earned the Mark of Excellence designation.

General Vaccine Information

Ordering Vaccine

Check with your medical supplier early in your planning for an influenza vaccine program, ideally the spring before each influenza season. Non-influenza vaccines are available year-round.

Employee Education and Promotion Materials

Your vaccine supplier may furnish promotional materials you can use to attract employees to your clinics. The following links contain additional resources.

  • vaccines.gov
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created this website to answer questions from the public about vaccines. You could link to it in email announcements of your vaccine clinics. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • FAQ: Influenza
    This report from the American Academy of Microbiology may make good break room reading. You can also print the Academy’s poster on "8 Bad Excuses for Not Getting the Flu Shot." Attention: Non-MDH link
  • View and Order VEC Resources
    The Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers fact sheets on vaccines you might consider offering in the worksite as well as the booklet "Vaccines and Adults." Attention: Non-MDH link

Handling and Administering Vaccine

  • Vaccine Protocols
    These sample protocols developed by MDH are available for all vaccines routinely recommended for adults.
  • Use of Protocols
    The Minnesota Board of Nursing provides information on how to implement vaccine protocols. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Vaccine Administration
    This chapter of the MDH Providers’ Guide contains a comprehensive guide to vaccine preparation, site and route selection, needle length, and injection techniques.

Vaccine Clinic Logistics

Recording Vaccinations in MIIC

  • Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC)
    The Minnesota Immunization Information System (MIIC) is a confidential, computerized system that collects immunization records from multiple sources. MIIC helps make sure that Minnesotans get the right immunizations at the right time. Recording doses given at your worksite in MIIC means employees' primary health care providers will know they've been vaccinated. There is no cost to you to submit data into MIIC. Participation is optional, but MDH encourages the use of MIIC and private providers appreciate it. If you’re ready to get started, contact the MIIC regional coordinator in your area.
Updated Tuesday, 24-Dec-2013 09:33:07 CST