More Information: For Committee Opinion #661—Integrating Immunizations Into Practice

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified the following resources that may be helpful for ob-gyns, other health care providers and patients on topics related to Committee Opinion #661 "Integrating Immunizations into Practice." These materials are for information purposes only and are not meant to be comprehensive. Referral to these resources does not imply ACOG’s endorsement of the organization, the organization’s website, or the content of the resource. The resources may change without notice.

Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

ACOG Mobile App
Download the ACOG app for iOS and Android devices to have valuable resources and up-to-date information from the leading experts in women’s health care at your fingertips, including an interactive tool for immunization recommendations and best practices.

Annual Women's Health Care
This ACOG webpage contains information about well-woman assessments, which should include screening, evaluation and counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.

"Immunization Coding for Obstetrician-Gynecologists 2013" (PDF), Immunization for Women
This guide (PDF), published on ACOG's Immunization for Women website, provides basic information about coding for vaccines, lists commonly used vaccination-related CPT codes, and presents examples to help providers learn how to code appropriately for vaccines given to patients in order to receive payment.

Immunization for Women
This freestanding website, produced by ACOG under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), features the latest news and information on vaccinations for women. See the current adult and adolescent immunization schedules, access ACOG immunization toolkits and more.

"Immunizations and Routine Obstetric-Gynecologic Care: A Guide for Providers and Patients" (PDF), Immunization for Women
This PDF guide from ACOG, published on ACOG’s Immunization for Women website, provides practical information and needed resources for administering immunizations in a practice, including information about communicating the importance of vaccine-preventable diseases, appropriate use of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs), documentation and record keeping requirements, and more.

"Setting Up an Office-Based Vaccine Program," Immunization for Women
Setting up an office-based immunization program allows you to offer your patients, their families, and your community protection from diseases. This article on ACOG’s Immunization for Women website offers practical recommendations.

External Resources

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Vaccine Recommendations
View all current vaccine-specific recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).

"Guiding Principles in the Development of ACIP Recommendations for Vaccination during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding," ACIP
Developed by the ACIP Work Group on Vaccines during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, this document provides guidance to help standardize the process of policy formulation and the presentation of the rationale and recommendations for vaccination of pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Immunization Information Systems (IIS), CDC)
Immunization information systems (IIS) are confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area. IISs can be useful tools to help document, track, and assess your patients’ immunizations.

"Increasing Appropriate Vaccination: Provider Reminders," The Community Preventive Services Task Force
Based on a systematic review, the Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends provider reminders on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness in increasing vaccination rates. Provider reminders inform those who administer vaccinations that individual clients are due for specific vaccinations.

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, Health Resources and Services Administration
In very rare cases, a vaccine can cause a serious problem, such as a severe allergic reaction.  In these instances, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) may provide financial compensation to individuals who file a petition and are found to have been injured by a VICP-covered vaccine.

Standing Orders for Administering Vaccines, Immunization Action Coalition
Standing orders allow immunization administration to appropriate patients without an individual physician order. The Immunization Action Coalition provides guidance for the use of standing orders as well as sample standing orders that can adapted and used in your practice.

Vaccine Information Statements, CDC
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine to vaccine recipients. Federal law requires that healthcare staff provide a VIS to a patient, parent, or legal representative before each dose of certain vaccines.

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