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Immunization

Influenza causes an estimated 36,000 excess deaths each year in the U.S., with 90 percent occurring in persons aged 65 or older. Together, influenza and pneumococcal disease are listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as one of the leading causes of death in the US.

Complications from influenza result in more than 200,000 excess hospitalizations annually. And, each year, more than 40,000 cases of invasive pneumococcal disease (bacteremia and meningitis) occur in the U.S.

Resources

Influenza immunization

American Medical Directors Association Immunization Toolkit. AMDA strategies for initiating and implementing activities to address and prevent influenza and pneumococcal disease in long term care facilities.

Are You a Face of Influenza Quiz? A quiz for consumers to take to determine if they are at high risk for influenza and should be vaccinated for influenza every year.

A Call to Action: Influenza Immunization among Health Care Worker. Promotes health care worker immunization through institutional commitment and a comprehensive approach. Sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Faces of Influenza brochure. Information to help consumers and health care professionals determine if they are at high risk for getting influenza and should be vaccinated for influenza every year.

Faces of Influenza poster. Information to help consumers and health care professionals determine if they are at high risk for getting influenza and should be vaccinated for influenza every year.

High Risk Groups and Influenza. Consumer alert to be vaccinated. Targeted to people with chronic medical conditions and others at high risk for influenza and serious complications.

Immunization Action Coalition. Creates and distributes educational materials for consumers and health care professionals that promote increased immunization and disease prevention.

Immunization Assessment Form. A template for tracking patient immunizations.

Influenza Information and Resources. Minnesota Department of Health immunization resources for consumers and health care professionals.

Influenza Pandemic Newsletter. Minnesota Department of Health updates on efforts to prevent a statewide influenza pandemic. 

Myths and Facts About Influenza. Consumer information intended to dispel misconceptions about the influenza virus and influenza vaccine.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Immunization information and resources for consumers and health care professionals.

Prevent Influenza Now! Provides strategies and resources for increasing immunizations and preventing influenza. Sponsored by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (American Medical Association and CDC).

Public Health Training Network. Offers staff training and educational event, using a variety of instructional media, including print, videotape, and multimedia.

Seasonal Flu. Know what to do about the flu. A federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Pneumococcal immunization

Pneumcoccal Vaccination. Provides information for consumers about pneumococcal disease, vaccines, vaccine safety, vaccination concerns and clinical information for health care professionals about.

Pneumococcal Vaccination. Provides information for consumers on who needs to be vaccinated and when, with detailed information on vaccine schedules and forms. MDH

Pneumococcal Disease: Are You at Risk? Information from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc., to help consumers and health care professionals determine if they are at high risk for getting influenza and should be vaccinated for influenza every year.

Immunization billing

Quick Reference Information: Medicare Immunization Billing. Provides Medicare fee-for-service physicians, providers, suppliers, and other health care professionals quick information to assist with filing claims for the influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B vaccines and their administration.

Support

Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs related to immunization.

Jerri Hiniker
Program Manager
952-853-8540