Standards for adult immunization practices

Gregory A. Poland, Abigail M. Shefer, Mary McCauley, Peggy S. Webster, Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, Georges Peter

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Abstract

Since the Standards for Adult Immunization Practices were first published in 1990, healthcare researchers and providers have learned important lessons on how to better achieve and maintain high vaccination rates in adults. The success rate of childhood immunization far exceeds the success rate of adult immunization. Thus, information and practices that will produce higher success rates for adult vaccination are crucial, resulting in overall societal cost savings and substantial reductions in hospitalizations and deaths. The Standards, which were developed to encourage the best immunization practices, represent the collective efforts of more than 100 people from more than 60 organizations. The revised Standards are more comprehensive than the 1990 Standards and focus on the accessibility and availability of vaccines, proper assessment of patient vaccination status, opportunities for patient education, correct procedures for administering vaccines, implementation of strategies to improve vaccination rates, and partnerships with the community to reach target patient populations. The revised Standards are recommended for use by all healthcare professionals and all public and private sector organizations that provide immunizations for adults. All who are involved in adult immunization should strive to follow the Standards in order to create the same level of success achieved by childhood vaccination programs and to meet the Healthy People 2010 goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-150
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2003

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Vaccines
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Health Services Needs and Demand
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Health Personnel
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Poland, G. A., Shefer, A. M., McCauley, M., Webster, P. S., Whitley-Williams, P. N., & Peter, G. (2003). Standards for adult immunization practices. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 25(2), 144-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00120-X

Standards for adult immunization practices. / Poland, Gregory A.; Shefer, Abigail M.; McCauley, Mary; Webster, Peggy S.; Whitley-Williams, Patricia N.; Peter, Georges.

In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 25, No. 2, 08.2003, p. 144-150.

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Poland, GA, Shefer, AM, McCauley, M, Webster, PS, Whitley-Williams, PN & Peter, G 2003, 'Standards for adult immunization practices', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 144-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00120-X
Poland GA, Shefer AM, McCauley M, Webster PS, Whitley-Williams PN, Peter G. Standards for adult immunization practices. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2003 Aug;25(2):144-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00120-X
Poland, Gregory A. ; Shefer, Abigail M. ; McCauley, Mary ; Webster, Peggy S. ; Whitley-Williams, Patricia N. ; Peter, Georges. / Standards for adult immunization practices. In: American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2003 ; Vol. 25, No. 2. pp. 144-150.
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