Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates What Works

American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM):

ACP-ASIM has implemented an Adult Immunization Initiative which provides resources and tools to support providers in their immunization efforts to improve adult immunization rates. Visit their website to view these immunization tools:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Provides up-to-date health information related to disease prevention and control, health promotion, and educational activities. A key publication is the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): which publishes the ACIP statements and other timely immunization information.

CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases):

Provides information about infectious diseases among immigrants, refugees, international travelers, and other mobile populations that cross international borders. The Division also publishes The Yellow Book, an in-depth travel reference published biennially by CDC. This reference manual can be accessed or downloaded from the CDC website at Health Information for International Travel

CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis Prevention (National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and Tuberculosis Prevention):

The DVH provides the scientific and programmatic foundation for the prevention, control, and elimination of hepatitis virus infections in the United States, and assists the international public health community in these activities. DVH provides:

  • Information on the various forms of hepatitis as well as surveillance reports on hepatitis in the United States.

  • Fact sheets, responses to frequently asked questions, and other resource information on hepatitis A, B, C.

To access theirTraining Resouces, go to:

CDC - INFO Contact Center:

Provides information and answers questions about immunizations:

English and Spanish

(800) 232-4636 or

(800) CDC-INFO

CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD):

NCIRD provides leadership for the planning, coordination, and conduct of immunization activities nationwide. The NCIRD web page provides numerous immunization resources:

Group on Immunization Education (GIE) of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM):

GIE has developed SHOTS, a free, quick reference guide to the current Adolescent Immunization Schedule, Catch-up Immunization Schedule, and Adult Immunization Schedule, all recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). SHOTS is designed for use on Palm OS® and Pocket PC® Handhelds and is available from the GIE website.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC):

The Immunization Action Coalition is a source for practical vaccination information and extensive immunization resources for healthcare professionals. All of the materials on their web site are camera ready and copyright free. IAC provides:

Immunization Gateway: Your Vaccine Fact-Finder:

Provides links to many expert immunization resources available on the Internet, conveniently organized by category.

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases:

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has released a Call to Action titled "Saving Lives: Integrating Vaccines for Adults into Routine Care." This document cites low vaccine coverage rates among adults and the consequences of not adequately vaccinating this population group. To access the Call to Action, go to:

The NFID has also launched a comprehensive website on the importance of adult vaccination. The site provides information, resources, and a professional practice toolkit to support healthcare providers in their adult vaccination efforts. Another section of the site provides information and education for the public. To access the website, go to:

NFID and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization collaborated on the development of the Power of 10 campaign to promote the importance of adults' and adolescents' maintaining up-to-date tetanus and diphtheria booster vaccinations. To download the Power of 10 brochure, visit the following website:

Another NFID initiative is their Call to Action: Influenza Immunization Among Health Care Workers. This communication campaign is designed to raise awareness and promote increased vaccination rates among this important professional group. The brochure is available from the NFID website at:

NFID has released a “Best Practices” report called Immunizing Healthcare Personnel Against Influenza. The report describes successful programs for immunizing healthcare workers against influenza. These programs are presented as models that other organizations can replicate.

NFID's S.T.O.P. Meningitis Toolkit offers healthcare professionals and patients information on meningitis disease and vaccine. To access the Toolkit, go to:

National Network for Immunization Information (NNii):

NNii provides Immunization NewsBriefs, a free service that emails immunization news once a week. To SUBSCRIBE to Immunization Newsbriefs, go to

Put Prevention Into Practice:

Put Prevention Into Practice (PPIP) is a national campaign to improve the delivery of clinical preventive services such as screening tests, immunizations, and counseling for health behavior change. PPIP materials are designed for primary care providers (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants), patients, and medical office staff.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

The Department of Health and Human Services has developed a Toolkit to promote annual influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel. The Toolkit contains Internet links to numerous resources and is intended to give healthcare organizations valuable information that can be disseminated to colleagues and employees.