Massachusetts Medical Society: National Quality Experts to Help Practices Improve Immunization Rates

National Quality Experts to Help Practices Improve Immunization Rates

Most adults have probably not received all the vaccines they need. According to data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, in 2013 in Massachusetts only 37 percent of adults 18 and older received Tdap vaccine, 30 percent of adults 60 or older received shingles vaccine, and 49 percent of adults 18 and older received the flu vaccine. Without the recommended vaccines, adults and their loved ones are vulnerable to serious disease.

Standing Orders

Studies show the critical role of physicians and other health care providers in educating their patients about recommended vaccines and ensuring that they are fully immunized.

The CDC and the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommend the use of standing orders programs in physician practices to improve immunization rates.

In Massachusetts, it is legal and permissible for physicians to provide standing orders for nurses and pharmacists to administer vaccines according to protocol.

Take a Stand

The Immunization Action Coalition has launched Take a Stand, a new program aimed at boosting adult immunization rates through the use of standing orders in physician practices. The free program includes an interactive four-hour workshop, led by a multidisciplinary team of experts in adult immunization followed by one year of basic support. The workshop will include discussion of legal principles and education about why and how to establish and implement standing orders. The program aims to help practices improve patient care and reduce costs by enhancing efficiency in delivering adult vaccines.

The program will take place in Massachusetts (one of only 15 states where the program will be offered) on June 7, 2016, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Immunization Program. Practices delivering one or more adult vaccines are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Visit or contact for more information.

The 21st Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough

Presented by the Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Featuring: Robert H. Hopkins Jr., M.D., FAAP, FACP chief of internal medicine at Arkansas Children’s Hospital; member of the ACIP Adult Immunization Work Group.

Workshops on:

  • Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS)
  • Epidemiology of Vaccine Preventable Diseases
  • Adult Vaccine Storage and Handling
  • HPV Quality Improvement Project
  • Outreach to Diverse Communities
  • American Cancer Society FluFIT program

For information, visit Questions? Contact Rebecca Vanucci at or (617) 983-6534.

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