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Increase Immunization Rates in Children
Low immunization rates leave children and communities vulnerable to some serious and life-threatening diseases. The following strategies are proven actions private and public providers can undertake to increase immunization rates in children:
- Administer the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine to all infants.
- Be "4" Sure. Give the 4th DTaP on time.
- Check every child's immunization status at every visit and give all needed immunizations simultaneously.
- Educate your patients about common misconceptions about vaccination.
- Follow only true contraindications.
- Follow the Minimum Interval Catch-up Immunization Schedule for children who start late or fall behind.
- Immunize on-time, every-time.
Reduce immunization record fragmentation
- Enroll in the Florida SHOTS™ (Florida State Health Online Tracking System).
- Use the Florida SHOTS™ to look up records for each child before immunizing to avoid administering unnecessary shots.
- Record all shots administered into the Florida SHOTS™.
Ensure vaccines are affordable.Enroll in the Florida Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, which provides vaccine at no cost to providers to immunize children who meet certain eligibility requirements.
Use reminder/recall systems
- The Florida SHOTS™ includes mechanisms to perform reminder/recall.
- Use letters, postcards, and phone calls to remind parents to bring children in when immunizations are due and to recall children when shots are overdue.
- Manual Reminder and Recall System
Participate in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual National Immunization Survey (NIS).
- Complete NIS questionnaires to verify immunizations given to children of surveyed parents.
- The Immunization Program can assist providers in completing the questionnaire by searching multiple sources to obtain a complete copy of a child's immunization record.