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National Immunization Awareness Month

Last modified: August 13, 2020

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and highlights the importance of vaccinations. UnitedHealthcare recognizes that you, as care providers, play an important role in the immunization process for all ages.

We’d like to offer some best practices and resources to help support your work in improving immunization rates.

  • Consider reaching out to patients and parents of young patients with phone calls, emails or letters to help underscore the importance of keeping immunizations on track.
  • Use the Patient Care Opportunity Report (PCOR) and/or your state’s immunization registry to identify members who may need immunizations.
  • Develop and implement vaccination standing orders to enable staff to give vaccines without the physician seeing the patient.

Resources

Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) Reference Guides: For more information about specific immunization measures, go to UHCprovider.com/path > 2020 Reference Guide for Adult Health and UHCprovider.com/path > 2020 Reference Guide for Pediatric Health.

Childhood Immunization Status (CIS) Measure: View key talking points and resources specific to this measure.  

Immunization Action Coalition: Standing order templates and toolkits demonstrate effective methods to immunize children and adults.

CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers NIAM online resources and toolkits on tips for communicating to health care professionals, parents and patients about immunizations. The CDC also offers a Vaccine Schedule app, available at cdc.gov/vaccines.

We’re Here to Help.

If you have questions, please contact your UnitedHealthcare representative. Thank you.
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