Using NYSIIS to Increase Adult Immunization Rates in New York State

Originally presented on June 25, 2019

Sarah Hershey, RN, BSN
Adult and Adolescent Immunization Coordinator
Bureau of Immunization
New York State Department of Health

Dina Hoefer, PhD
Division of Epidemiology Statistical Unit
New York State Department of Health

The use of immunization registries has been shown to increase immunization rates, decrease missed opportunities, and avoid over-vaccination.  Despite this evidence, adult immunization providers are demonstrating limited ability to recognize the importance of utilizing the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS), of the benefits of NYSIIS use to their practice and their patients, and of the tools available to them in NYSIIS to assist in efforts to increase adult immunization rates. There have been several reasons given for this, such as the requirement to capture consent from adult patients, entry of adult immunizations is not mandatory as it is for childhood immunizations, and electronic medical records (EMR) do not always communicate easily with NYSIIS. Despite evidence of its effectiveness, NYS providers are not utilizing NYSIIS causing a serious gap in the ability of NYSIIS to assist with adult immunization rates across the state. 

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will be able to enhance their knowledge and competence on the importance of reporting adult immunizations to NYSIIS, the benefits of NYSIIS use to the provider’s practice and patients, and the tools available to increase adult immunization rates.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of reporting immunizations to NYSIIS
  • Describe the benefits of NYSIIS for the provider’s practice and their patients
  • Identify how to utilize the tools available in NYSIIS to assist in efforts to increase adult immunization rates

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other medical  providers who interact with and counsel adults regarding immunizations.

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Disclosure Statements

Sarah Hershey, RN, BSN spouse owns stock in Bristol Meyers Squibb

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

None of the other planners and presenters have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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