All staff in a pediatric practice, including non-clinical staff, play an important role in supporting parents in their immunization decisions. Creating a culture of immunization in your office helps promote complete and timely immunizations. To that end, the CDC and Sanofi Pasteur have produced helpful resources to aid in building a pro-vaccination culture.
The CDC has created presentation available for download called “10 Ways to Create a Culture of Immunization Within Our Pediatric Practice.” The presentation is editable and designed to be customized by each medical practice. The objectives of the presentation are to enable office staff to
- Understand why practices need a culture of immunization
- Cite the practice’s current immunization coverage rates
- Describe how all office staff play a part in creating a culture of immunization
- Describe several ways to create a culture of immunization
The presentation is easy to customize and contains notes to help guide the discussion.
Another useful resource is the handout “Developing an Immunization Culture in Your Office” by Sanofi Pasteur. This handout breaks down broad ideas concerning immunization culture into succinct, actionable bullet points. It instructs staff to
- Educate and Motivate Your Staff to Become Vaccine Advocates
- Capture Every Opportunity to Immunize
- Prioritize parental education and communication
- Put technology to work as a tracking tool
Both of these resource will assist your practice in increasing immunization rates by creating an office-wide culture of vaccination.