The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has been awarded $1 Million from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase adult immunization rates.
The Department is working with the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association, Philadelphia Association of Retail Druggists, National Nursing Centers Consortium, Health Federation of Philadelphia, and other local community organizations.
- Educate pharmacists about the recommended adult vaccines
- Educate community health centers, large hospital networks, and federally qualified health centers
- Ensure that all pharmacists and healthcare providers have access to accurate patient immunization histories
- Launch a media campaign to inform the public about adult vaccines
This project focuses on influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis B, and zoster (shingles) vaccines.
Adult Stakeholder Committee
This committee advises the Health Department on this project and community relations. The following are some of the organizations represented in Philadelphia’s Adult Stakeholder Committee:
- Jefferson College of Pharmacy
- Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions
- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
- Public Health Management Corporation
- Philadelphia Immunization Coalition
- Project HOME
- Mayor’s Commission on Aging
- Penn Asian Jubilee Center (PASSI)
- Philadelphia Corporation of the Aging (PCA)
- Family Practice & Counseling Network (FPCN)
- Center in the Park
- Episcopal Community Services
- Health Federation of Philadelphia
- PA Department of Health
- Chester County Health Department
Continuing Education Credits
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is offering FREE Patient Safety and Risk Management Continuing Education Credits.
One-hour, on-site trainings by local experts cover:
- The recommended immunization schedule
- Vaccine immunology
- Techniques for improving immunization rates
- Focus on Flu, Pneumo, Shingles, and Hep B
For more information, please call 215-246-5212 or email VaccineCME@HealthFederation.org
For independently owned and operated pharmacies in Philadelphia to administer vaccines to adult patients or customers, they must operate under a written protocol issued by a licensed physician.
PDPH can issue an Immunization Protocol for pharmacists to use to immunize their adult patients, age 19 and older, when there is no provider order or prescription specific to that patient. This protocol covers the following vaccines:
- Inactivated influenza
For an independent pharmacy to qualify and participate in this program, the lead pharmacist or owner must:
- Attend an in-person CE pharmacy orientation at PDPH
- Provide the license numbers of all pharmacists at their location who will provide immunizations under this protocol
- Complete and sign a copy of the immunization protocol and Memorandum of Understanding
- Confirm that their pharmacy can report immunizations administered to the KIDS Plus IIS
- Have all vaccinating pharmacists at the pharmacy complete the 3 PPA modules, below
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is offering FREE Immunization Continuing Education Programming through the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association. To receive the indicated CE credit for each module, you will need to watch the entire video, complete an online survey evaluation, and pass a short quiz.
Module I – Immunizations: Standards and Best Practices
Module II – Immunizations: A Snapshot of Common Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Module III – KIDS Plus IIS Immunization Information System
Standing orders are written protocols, approved by a physician, that allow qualified health care professionals (such as registered nurses) to administer vaccine to patients.
Standing orders streamlines your practice workflow by eliminating the need to obtain an individual physician’s order to vaccinate each patient.
Standing orders are an effective way to increase immunization rates and quality of care for patients.
Standing Orders from the Immunization Action Coalition:
Adult Immunization Toolkit
- VFAAR Resource Guide
- Adult Immunization Fact Sheet
- Adult Immunization Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- Adult Immunization Fact Sheet (Chinese)
- ACIP 2016 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults
- Before you vaccinate adults, consider their H-A-L-O
- Vaccines, What You Need To Know
- Administering Vaccines: Dose,Route, Site, and Needle Size
- Three Important Reasons For Adults to Get Vaccinated
- Protect yourself from shingles… Get vaccinated!
- What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine
Funding provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.