3 Ways to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates at Your Practice
In the United States, there is an unspoken—and untrue—theory that vaccines are primarily for children. To combat this myth, the CDC publishes annual vaccination recommendations for adults. And yet, adult vaccination coverage remains far lower than it should be. This is why the prevalence of illness attributable to vaccine-preventable diseases is greater among adults than among children. For example, in a recent study, adults accounted for 50-70% of influenza-related hospitalizations and 80-90% of influenza-related deaths.
For doctors, low adult vaccination rates pose more than a health problem; they pose a financial problem as well. If fewer adults are receiving vaccinations, medical practices are missing out on potential revenue opportunities. But it’s not too late to make a change. There are immediate steps you can take to increase adult vaccination rates at your practice – and ultimately increase revenue.
Step 1: Most adults have limited knowledge regarding the importance of immunizations. As a doctor, you should share the annual CDC vaccination recommendations with your patients and alert them of any updates to CDC guidelines. You can also encourage your patients to take the CDC’s Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz to discover which vaccines they may need.
Step 2: Research shows that when patients receive a vaccine recommendation and are offered the vaccine at the same time, they are more likely to get vaccinated. Be prepared by keeping more adult vaccines in stock, gaining better control of your inventory, and restocking regularly.
Step 3: A vaccine can only be administered to a patient if it has been properly stored and handled. Reduce wastage by following CDC guidelines for vaccine storage and handling. This will ensure the safety and comfort of your patients, improve the reputation of your practice, and subsequently increase your revenue.
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