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Immunization Implementation Strategies for Obstetrician-Gynecologists: Resource Overview

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 immunization implementation strategies for ob-gyns. 

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.

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

ACOG Immunization Clinical Guidance

This webpage compiles ACOG’s clinical guidance on immunization topics.

Committee Opinion: Immunization Implementation Strategies for Obstetrician-Gynecologists
This Committee Opinion, issued by ACOG in March 2019, covers the role of obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care providers in vaccine administration and disease prevention. This guideline includes information about how obstetrician-gynecologists and other health care providers initiate and improve immunization programs in their practice. 

Immunization for Women (for Providers)
The Immunization for Women provider page was created by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including immunization facts and safety, immunization schedules, clinical and practice management guidelines, and links to other reliable immunization resources. Immunization toolkits featured on this site contain clinical guidance, provider resources, and patient education resources.

Final Report: Strategies for Effectively Integrating Immunizations into Routine Ob-Gyn Practice
This final report on the demonstration phase of a four-year adult immunization cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a detailed explanation of the identified strategies for effectively integrating immunizations into routine ob-gyn practice. 

Tip Sheet: Strategies for Effectively Integrating Immunization into Routine Ob-Gyn Practice
These strategies guide ob-gyns in improving immunization processes, and ultimately increasing immunization rates within the ob-gyn practice setting.

Developing an Immunization Referral System
These tips and strategies assist ob-gyns in developing an immunization referral system for practices that are unable to stock and administer vaccinations onsite.

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programs: Tips for Optimizing Practice Management
This resource provides tips to help optimize the flu immunization program in your ob-gyn practice. 

Immunization Coding for Obstetrician-Gynecologists
This guide 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. ACOG’s Quick Reference Coding Card highlights the most common immunization codes for ob-gyns. 

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,  counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.

Practice Management Resources
This webpage on ACOG’s Immunization for Women website provides practice management resources on topics such as coding, storage and handling, and standing orders.  


Resources for Women and Patients

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients Concerning Vaccine Safety 
This patient FAQ addresses important patient questions regarding vaccination during pregnancy. 

Immunization for Women (for Patients)
The Immunization for Women patient page was created by ACOG to provide ob-gyns and patients with a central, trusted source of up-to-date information on seasonal flu and other vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza. Immunization for Women empowers women with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about immunization and their health.


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).

Immunization Schedules, CDC
Each year the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices approves updated immunization schedules for children and adolescents from birth through 18 years, and for adults 19 years of age and older.

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. They can be useful tools to help document, track, and assess your patients’ immunizations. You can learn more about your state immunization registry and how to enroll at your state’s IIS website.

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 be adapted and used in your practice.

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

Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a system for collecting, understanding, and sharing information about the possible side effects of vaccines. VAERS is a joint project of the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers 
This CDC webpage provides immunization information and resources for health care providers. 

NVAC Standards for Adult Immunizations
Standards for Adult Immunization Practice encourages all healthcare professionals to take steps to help ensure that their adult patients are fully immunized. 

Immunization Action Coalition
This Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) webpage provides practice management and patient education resources, including immunization screening tools. 

Vaccinating Adults: A Step-By-Step Guide, Immunization Action Coalition
Immunization Action Coalition’s Vaccinating Adults, A Step-By-Step Guide provides practical information in an easy-to-use format to help providers implement or enhance adult immunization services in health care settings. The topics covered in the Guide include storage and handling, assessment, administration, documentation, purchasing, and coding and billing.

Vaccine Storage and Handling, CDC
Proper vaccine storage and handling practices play a very important role in protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases. The CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for health care providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practices.

Vaccine Administration, CDC
This CDC webpage provides vaccine administration information and resources for health care providers. CDC recommends all health care personnel who administer vaccines receive comprehensive, competency-based training on vaccine administration policies and procedures before administering vaccines.

Physician Buying Groups and Group Purchasing Organizations, AAP
This American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) webpage provides strategies on how to manage the costs of purchasing and administering vaccines, including information on physician buying groups and group purchasing organizations.

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