Professional Practice Toolkit

The following professional materials are designed as ready-to-use resources to help healthcare professionals implement key strategies for educating adults about the importance of vaccination and improving adult vaccination rates.

Appointment Reminder Cards
This can be placed on the back of appointment cards (either mailed or handed to patients) to remind patients about the importance of vaccination.
Appointment Reminder Cards

Office Closed Script
If your practice has an existing "office closed" recording, it can be tailored to to highlight important adult vaccination messages.  This suggested script can be incorporated within the office's main recording, urging patients to be proactive about their health by asking about vaccination.
Office Closed Script

On Hold Script
This script can be customized and recorded as the message patients hear when they are on hold to schedule an appointment or to speak with office staff.  This reinforces the need for vaccination and reminds patients to schedule an appointment.
On Hold Script

Patient Fact Sheet
This fact sheet is designed to give patients some "at a glance" facts about vaccine-preventible diseases and why vaccination is important.  Making this available to patients in your waiting room may help reduce the time you need to spend explaining about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.
Facts About Adult Vaccination

Patient FAQs
This document is designed to inform patients about the current vaccine available to protect adults against serious infectious diseases, and to answer questions they may have about adult immunization.  This comprehensive document can be given to patients who want more information than is available in the fact sheet.
Adult Vaccination FAQs

Poster and Tabletop Tent Card
The poster and tabletop tent card can be used to remind patients and office staff about the importance of vaccinating adults to prevent serious infectious diseases.  They can be prominently displayed in waiting rooms to encourage patients to ask about immunization.  They can also be displayed at the local pharmacy near the pharmacist's window or in any other healthcare setting where patients may be receptive to such reminders.
Tabletop Tent Card

Practice Newsletter/Web Article
Healthcare practices with a website or patient newsletter can use this article to further educate patients about the importance of adult immunization against infectious diseases.
Practice Newsletter/Web Article

Reminder Postcards
These postcards can be mailed to appropriate patients to remind them to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider.  The language can be cut and pasted onto a stock-paper postcard or incorporated into a pre-existing mailing and distributed to patients.  Some printers have the capability to print double-sided, otherwise, print first side, flip page, and then print the other side. Avery labels also contain postcard printing templates.

Adult Children of Older Parents
Mail to adult children of older patients to schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider.
Adult Patients 
Mail directly to adult patients to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated against serious infectious diseases.

Sample Standing Orders
Standing orders allow non-physicians to vaccinate patients based on specific criteria developed and approved by an authorized prescriber of medical care.  Standing orders have been shown to have significant impact on improving vaccination rates. View sample standing orders that you can use as models in developing your own.

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