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Healthcare Provider Immunization Education & Tools

Vaccine Management

This toolkit document found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website provides vaccine storage and handling best practices (including monitoring and transportation tips, and other related information).

Proper management and storage of vaccines is critical to maintaining their biological potency. The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is designed to provide guidance to immunization providers on aspects of vaccine storage and handling, transportation, equipment, standard operating procedures and training for personnel.


Adult Vaccine Ordering

Public Health Offices and in some limited circumstances Federally Qualified Health Centers may use this Adult Vaccine Order Form to order adult vaccine for use within the Adult Vaccine Screening Criteria.

Healthcare providers may use this to order adult vaccines.

If you need to return your vaccines, please use the Adult Vaccine Return Form.

Consent Forms

The Adult Vaccine Consent Form form may be used by patients aged 19 and older to provide vaccination consent to a healthcare provider.

This form is available in both English and Spanish.


Immunization Protocols

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Effective vaccination requires adherence to specific protocols for each vaccine that define appropriate routes of administration, numbers of shots needed and intervals between shots, when vaccination is not recommended, and who should not receive them.

The NMDOH Immunization Protocols contains approved protocols for childhood vaccines, including DTaP, Dt, Td, Tdap, inactivated Polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, Meningococcal conjugate, Rotavirus, and HPV.



Addressing Concerns about Vaccines & Autism

Due to media exposure of two flawed medical papers, there is rampant misinformation about vaccines and autism. Parents and guardians need resources to address their questions about this topic. There is no evidence of vaccines causing autism.

Here are some resources for providers, parents, and guardians to get more information:


Quality Improvement Activities

Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, and eXchange

A quality improvement program used by awardees to raise immunization coverage levels, reduce missed opportunities to vaccinate, and improve standards of practices at the provider level.

Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, and eXchange (AFIX) is a quality improvement strategy to raise immunization coverage levels and improve standards of practices at the provider level. This four-part dynamic strategy stands for Assessment of immunization coverage of public and private providers, Feedback of diagnostic information to improve service delivery, Incentives to recognize and reward improved performance, and eXchange of information among providers.

The Standards for Pediatric Immunization Practices emphasize the use of assessment and feedback techniques, recommending that providers conduct semi-annual audits to assess immunization coverage levels and to review immunization records in the patient populations they serve. The results of such assessments should be discussed by providers as part of their ongoing quality assurance reviews and used to develop solutions to the problems identified.

Visit the Assessment, Feedback, Incentives, and eXchange web page for more information on AFIX.

Quality Improvement Tools for Providers in NMSIIS

VFC Providers can now produce their own NMSIIS AFIX Data Snapshot Reports and NMSIIS Immunization Rates Reports directly from NMSIIS. Data Snapshot reports provide coverage rates and lists of childhood and adolescent clients who are not up-to-date or missing immunizations. Immunization Rates reports can be customized for any age group, time period, or vaccine series.


Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System

A national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

The Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) is a national vaccine safety surveillance program co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

VAERS is a post-marketing safety surveillance program, collecting information about adverse events (possible side effects) that occur after the administration of vaccines licensed for use in the United States.

VAERS provides a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events following immunization may be reported, analyzed, and made available to the public. VAERS also provides a vehicle for disseminating vaccine safety-related information to parents and guardians, health care providers, vaccine manufacturers, state vaccine programs, and other constituencies.


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