Immunization & Health Care Professionals

Immunization Program staff work with primary care providers to ensure they have the resources needed to vaccinate their patients across the lifespan. We provide:

  • All CDC recommended pediatric vaccines for any child at no cost. Providers must enroll in the federal Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program.
  • All CDC recommended adult vaccines, except influenza, for adults age 19 to 64 at no cost. Providers must enroll in the state Vaccines for Adult (VFA) Program.
  • Oversight and review of all vaccine orders.
  • Education and support for vaccine storage and handling.
  • Immunization focused quality improvement visits known as AFIX (Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and eXchange).
  • Training and support in the use of the statewide Immunization Registry.
  • Training and education opportunities including comprehensive VFC provider education, biennial Infectious Disease/Immunization conferences, and updates after ACIP meetings.

Go to the Immunization Registry

Congratulations to the 25 Vermont primary care practices with high immunization coverage in 2018!

Twenty-five primary care practices in Vermont are being recognized by the Vermont Department of Health for high child or teen immunization rates in 2018. To receive recognition, at least 90 percent of child patients must be up to date with their immunizations for 11 vaccine-preventable diseases including measles, mumps and whooping cough. At least 80 percent of teen patients must be vaccinated to prevent meningitis and cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). To be eligible for consideration, providers must have at least 20 teen or child-age patients. The full list of practices receiving recognition is below.

Child & Teen Immunization Rates

  • Green Mountain Pediatrics (Bennington)
  • Hagan, Rinehart & Connolly Pediatricians (Burlington)
  • Richmond Family Medicine
  • Gifford Pediatrics (Randolph)

Child Immunization Rates

  • Brattleboro Primary Care - Pediatrics
  • Essex Pediatrics
  • Evergreen Family Health (Williston)
  • Family Practice Associates (Cambridge)
  • Joseph Nasca, MD (Milton)
  • North Country Pediatrics (Newport)
  • Northwestern Pediatrics Enosburg
  • Pediatric Medicine (South Burlington)
  • Rainbow Pediatrics (Middlebury)
  • Richmond Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
  • Rebecca Collman, MD (Colchester)
  • St. Albans Primary Care
  • St. Johnsbury Pediatrics - Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
  • Timber Lane Pediatrics North (Burlington)
  • University of Vermont Health Network CVMC Family Medicine - Waterbury
  • University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine - Colchester
  • University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine - Hinesburg
  • University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine - Milton
  • University of Vermont Medical Center Family Medicine - South Burlington
  • Upper Valley Pediatrics Thetford

Teen Immunization Rates

  • Little Rivers Health Care Bradford
2018 "HPV Is Cancer Prevention" Champion for Vermont

The Vermont Department of Health is proud to announce that Gifford Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Randolph has been selected as the 2018 HPV Is Cancer Prevention Champion for Vermont. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have partnered to create this award program to recognize clinicians, clinics, practices, groups and health systems that work to foster HPV vaccination among adolescents in their community.

The Gifford Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine team first began implementing an HPV Quality Improvement project in 2016. The project, led by Pediatric Nurse Manager Danielle Davis, was a success and the strategies continue today. The goals of the project were to:

  1. increase HPV vaccination rates by 10 percent;
  2. increase initiation (first dose) of HPV vaccination rates by 10 percent;
  3. screen all adolescents at every clinic visit; and
  4. implement an office system to assist with identifying patients due for HPV vaccination.

Since initiating the project, the team has achieved a 30 percent increase in the HPV vaccine series completion rate for the patient population aged 13-17 from 51.8 percent to 81 percent. The team achieved a 81.4 percent completion rate for the patient population aged 13-15, surpassing the Healthy Vermonters 2020 goal of 80 percent coverage. Congratulations!

To read Gifford Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine’s profile on the CDC’s website and to learn more about HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award program, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/hpv/champions/index.html.

 

 
Notices and Memos for Healthcare Providers
Title Date Type
HPV9 Two Doses
01/17/2017 PDF Download
Pentacel Notice
01/04/2017 PDF Download
Meningococcal B Vaccine Availability
11/14/2016 PDF Download
HPV9 Notice
04/02/2016 PDF Download
Shingrix Vaccine Availability
10/31/2017 PDF Download
Temperature Monitoring Documentation
12/07/2017 PDF Download
Change to temperature monitoring devices DDLs
Change in Vaccine Temperature Monitoring Devices – Digital Data Loggers (DDLs)
02/25/2019 PDF Download
ID_IZ_program_page_Updated Shingrix Insert.pdf
04/05/2018 PDF Download
District Health Office - Vaccination Policy Change
Vaccination Policy Change
04/01/2019 PDF Download
Data Logger Memo
Memorandum that was sent to VFC/VFA enrolled practices on 05/23/2019.
05/23/2019 PDF Download

vermont immunization bulletin

The Immunization Program at the Vermont Department of Health introduces the Vermont Immunization Bulletin. This new monthly publication is intended to bring you important information in a concise format. This Bulletin will replace the quarterly Vaccinate Vermont Newsletter.
Immunization Bulletin
Title Date Type
Vaccine Immunization Bulletin 3.2019
In this issue: Change in Vaccine Temperature Monitoring Devices - Shingrix Supply Update - Hepititis A Prevention - February ACIP Meeting Measles Don’t Cause Autism- New Study - Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine and College‐bound Patients - The Overall Interim Estimated Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine was 47% - Officials See No Link Between Miscarriage Risk and Flu Shots - "My Shot" Music Video
03/12/2019 PDF Download
Vaccine Immunization Bulletin 4.2019
District Office Vaccination Policy - Hepatitis A clinic in White River Junction - 25th Anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week - Recommended immunization schedules for 2019-Research on HPV vaccine effectiveness - HPV and oropharyngeal cancer - Op-Ed: The world’s many measles conspiracies are all the same - Quiz: How much do you know about immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases?
04/02/2019 PDF Download
Vermont Immunization Bulletin 5.2019
In This Issue: Measles Resources - New Data Logger Installation - June ACIP Meeting Agenda - Vermont’s 2019 Childhood Immunization Champion - Primary Care Practices Recognized for High Immunization Rates - 2018-19 School and Childcare Immunization Coverage Data
05/22/2019 PDF Download
Vaccinate Vermont 2016-2018
Title Date Type
May 2017 Issue
Child Care Immunization Requirements Being Met in Vermont * School Immunization Reports Show Sustained Progress in Immunizing Children * From the Registry: Pneumococcal Vaccine Rates in Vermont * VFC/VFA Annual Re-Enrollment Period: May 31 - July 1, 2017 * Vermont Health Practices Recognized for High Childhood Immunization Rates * Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage * Vaccine Ordering: VIMS Update
05/08/2017 PDF Download
December 2016 Issue
Internet Truths and Urban Legends * Preventing Perinatal Hepatitis B Infections * UPDATE: Vaccine Management and Ordering in the Immunization Registry * Common Vaccine Scheduling Errors‐ Pediatric Hepatitis A and B * Vaccine Schedules and the Registry * Immunization Documents Translated into 7 Languages * Assessment, Feedback, Incentive and Exchange (AFIX) Recognizing Success
12/18/2016 PDF Download
September 2016 Issue
2016-17 Pediatric Influenza Bulletin * Flu Vaccine Administration Information * Entering Influenza Immunizations into the IMR – 2016-17 * More from the Immunization Registry * 2015 NIS-Teen Survey
09/01/2016 PDF Download
August 2017 Issue
2017-2018 Pediatric Influenza Bulletin - Influenza-Assessing Coverage To Improve Outreach - Vaccine Inventory Management System (VIMS) - Yellow Fever Vaccine Supply - Influenza Brand Name and Code Support
08/07/2017 PDF Download
December 2017 Issue
Immunization and Infectious Disease Conference- Save the Date - Immunization Program Updates - NEW Herpes Zoster Vaccine - Shingrix ™ in your EHR - National Hepatitis A Outbreaks - NIS Immunization Survey - Flu Surveillance - Flu on Facebook
04/25/2018 PDF Download
APRIL 2018 ISSUE
Printable version of Vaccinate Vermont April 2018 Issue.
04/26/2018 PDF Download
August 2018 Issue
Complete printable version of August 2018 Vaccinate Vermont Issue.
09/10/2018 PDF Download
COMPLETE PRINTABLE DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE
COMPLETE PRINTABLE DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE
01/11/2019 PDF Download

In This Section

Vermont is a universal state, where the state Immunization Program purchases vaccines from the CDC federal contract at no cost to providers, for use in all children and adults.

This page serves as a resource for provider offices enrolled in Vermont’s Vaccines for Children (VFC) and Vaccine for Adults (VFA) programs.

Failure to store and handle vaccines properly can reduce vaccine potency, resulting in inadequate immune responses in patients and poor protection against disease.

AFIX - Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and eXchange is a CDC quality improvement program using evidence-based strategies to increase immunization rates.

The Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program works to identify the hepatitis B status of pregnant women to prevent transmission of hepatitis B infection to infants.

Vermont is a universal vaccine state, providing vaccines to enrolled providers at no cost for use with all patients, regardless of insurance status.

The following resources provide comprehensive information on immunizations: