2011-12 OK Immunization Update
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Oklahoma Immunization Update December 2011 PREVENTION and PREPAREDNESS SERVICES IMMUNIZATION SERVICE PLEASE POST & DISTRIBUTE TO ALL NURSING AND MEDICAL STAFF Annual Vaccines for Children Provider Enrollment and Profile Update Due by January 15, 2012 All Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers must submit an updated Vaccines for Children Program Enrollment and Profile Form to the Oklahoma State Immunization Service by January 15, 2012. Immunization Field Consultants are in the process of contacting all VFC providers to distribute the enrollment forms and profiles. If you have any questions about the re-enrollment process or the forms, please contact your Immunization Field Consultant. A list of Immunization Field Consultants by county is available on the Immunization Service Web site at: http://imm.health.ok.gov in the Vaccines for Children program section. The Vaccines for Children Program Enrollment and Profile Form is the agreement signed by each vaccine provider or clinic specifying all the conditions of the VFC program. This form must be signed annually. The medical director or equivalent individual in a group practice must sign the Vaccines for Children Program Enrollment and Profile Form for the entire group. All other providers within the practice must be listed on the enrollment form. The Vaccines for Children Program Enrollment and Profile Form includes information on the number of VFC-eligible children and non-VFC eligible children seen in the practice. This information is used to evaluate vaccine orders and ensure that the amount of VFC-funded vaccine being provided is appropriate for the number of VFC-eligible children that receive care from the practice. The profile numbers must be based on actual patient data. Certified Calibrated Thermometers Required for all VFC Providers Beginning January 1, 2012 Effective January 1, 2012, VFC providers will be required to have calibrated thermometers in all refrigerators and freezer compartments used for VFC vaccine storage. A certificate of calibration must be on file for each thermometer. Detailed information regarding this requirement along with examples of certified calibrated thermometers has been faxed to all VFC providers. This information is also available on the Immunization Service Web site at: http://imm.health.ok.gov in the Vaccines for Children section. Recommend Flu Shots to Your Patients Healthcare providers are still highly trusted and influential according to focus group research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prior to the 2010 flu season. A recommendation from a physician or healthcare provider to receive the flu vaccine helps to motivate people to get the flu vaccine. The healthcare provider’s message itself also proves important as a motivator. Focus group research showed that among people who perceived themselves and/or their children to be at low risk from the flu, the following message was persuasive: “Every flu season is different, and influenza can affect people differently. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others” Source: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/ciinc/downloads/Sept_10/Sheedy.ppt accessed on Nov. 22, 2011. Remember to check your vaccine storage units before leaving for the holidays. Make sure the doors are closed and review your back-up plan in case of power failure due to ice storms, blizzards, earthquakes, etc. For an online version of this Update, visit the Vaccines for Children section on the Immunization Service web page at: http://imm.health.ok.gov. If you have any questions about this material, contact the Immunization Service by telephone at 405.271.4073 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
|Okla State Agency||
Health, Oklahoma State Department of
|Okla Agency Code||'340'|
|Title||Oklahoma immunization update|
|Authors||Oklahoma. Immunization Service.|
|Publisher||Oklahoma State Department of Health|
|Publication Date||2009; 2010; 2011|
|Serial holdings||Electronic holdings: 2009-2011|
Immunization of children--Oklahoma--Periodicals.
Vaccination of children--Oklahoma--Periodicals.
|Purpose||The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally-funded state-operated program that provides vaccines at no cost to health care providers to administer to eligible children.|
|Contents||News, alerts, recommendations for nursing and medical staff|
|Notes||issues through 2011|
|OkDocs Class#||H845.6 I33u|
|For all issues click||H845.6 I33u|
|Digital Format||PDF, Adobe Reader required|
|ODL electronic copy||Downloaded from agency website: www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Immunizations/Vaccines_for_Children_Program/index.html|
|Rights and Permissions||This Oklahoma government publication is provided for educational purposes under U.S. copyright law. Other usage requires permission of copyright holders.|