This post is the second in a series on increasing adolescent immunizations. For a case study on how one health system increased their overall adolescent vaccination rates, see our previous post.
The CPP 2nd Dose Program provides an opportunity to examine your practice’s 2nd dose immunization rates for vaccines that require more than one dose to complete the series, access resources to help implement a strategy in your office to raise those rates, and share successful strategies with other CPP members. Applicable vaccines include meningococcal ACWY, HPV, adult pneumococcal and/or adult hepatitis B (Heplisav-B only).
The tables below show immunization rates for these vaccines for the most recent year available from the CDC:
National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years—United States, 2017
Vaccine Coverage Among Adults in the United States, National Health Interview Survey, 2016
Participants in CPP’s 2nd Dose Program have already seen successes. Over 77% of member participants reported that their 2nd dose immunization rates were lower than they expected when they pulled the initial data from their EMR. After implementing an intervention in their practice to help improve these rates, participants saw a rise in their HPV and MCV4 completion rates by an average of 29% and 41%, respectively!
Some best practices that were shared by the group include:
- Providing parent educational materials, proactively
- Creating provider scorecards
- Validating EMR data to create accurate call lists
- Utilizing automated reminder or recall systems
- Making strong recommendations at the visit
- Scheduling follow-up doses before patients leave the office
Check out the CPP 2nd Dose Program website for updated resources and details on how your practice can participate in this $1,000 grant opportunity!