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

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

Vaccinate Vermont Newsletters

Vaccinate Vermont December 2018 Issue
Title Date Type
PEDIATRIC HEPATITS B VACCINATION REFRESHER
Although the dosing schedule for administration of hepatitis B vaccine has not changed, it continues to be the vaccine most likely to have been administered too early, thereby invalid, requiring an additional dose.
01/10/2019 PDF Download
HPV VACCINE UPDATES
A look at the people and organizations working to protect Vermonters from HPV: FDA Approval of 9vHPV for patients 27-45 years.
01/10/2019 PDF Download
IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM UPDATES AND RESOURCES
Re-Enrollment Begins January 2nd; Registry Update: New Quarterly Reports; Adult Flu Vaccine Survey; Nominate a Champion; Vaccine Supply Updates- Shingrix and Heplisav-B
01/10/2019 PDF Download
ADULT INFLUENZA VACCINE 2019-20
Beginning in Fall 2019, adult flu vaccine will be available to all VFA enrolled providers for use in adults 19-64 years of age. Why and how?
01/10/2019 PDF Download
COMPLETE PRINTABLE DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE
COMPLETE PRINTABLE DECEMBER 2018 ISSUE
01/11/2019 PDF Download
PRACTICE SPOTLIGHT: ESSEX PEDS FLU CLINICS
How does one of Vermont's largest pediatric practices make sure its patients are vaccinated every year? Essex Pediatrics staff share some wisdom.
01/10/2019 PDF Download
FLU VACCINE COVERAGE DROPS
CDC reported data show influenza coverage dropped both nationally and in Vermont last season.
01/10/2019 PDF Download
FOUR GOOD REASONS TO GET A FLU SHOT
Talking points for providers.
01/10/2019 PDF Download
Previous Issues 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

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: