Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to: Reminder Recall in FL Shots

 Reminder Recall is one of the many Florida SHOTS™ tools that help you boost immunization levels in your practice. With Florida SHOTS, your office can run reports that show a list of your patients who are due or overdue for immunizations. Reminder Recall allows you to sort and store shot records in a variety of ways (e.g., by type of shot) and print patient information on mailing labels to send reminder notices to parents specifying the shot that is due or overdue.
Click here to access the guide for FL SHOTS, "Fast and Easy Steps: Reminder Recall"

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Updates: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations
Important Updates:
  • Effective school year 2011/2012: A fifth dose of poliovirus vaccine is required if the fourth dose was administered prior to the fourth birthday.
  • Effective January 2011: The age for the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine requirement has been extended to 59 months as reflected in the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).           
  • Timing of Tdap:
Tdap can be administered, when indicated, regardless of interval since the last tetanus- or diphtheria-toxoid containing  vaccine.
  • Adults Aged 65 years and Older:
Those who have or anticipate having close contact with an infant aged less than 12 months should receive a single dose of Tdap.
Other adults ages 65 years and older may be given a single dose of Tdap.
  • Children aged 7 through 10 years:
Those not fully vaccinated against pertussis and for whom no contraindication to pertussis vaccine exists should receive a single dose of Tdap.
Those never vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis or who have unknown vaccination status should receive a series of three vaccinations containing tetanus and diphtheria toxoids. The first of these three doses should be Tdap.
  • Certificate of Immunization, DH 680

  • The Certificate of Immunization, DH 680, can now be printed on white or blue paper.  Schools and childcare centers should accept the DH 680 if printed on white paper.