Why Should Endocrinologists Talk to Their Patients About Vaccines?

  • Adult vaccination rates are extremely low.
  • Most adults are NOT aware that they need vaccines.
  • A recommendation from their healthcare professional is the strongest predictor of whether patients get vaccinated.
  • There are many missed opportunities for vaccination because many healthcare professionals are not routinely assessing vaccination status.

CDC's Standards for Adult Immunization Practice

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) revised the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice in 2013. View the most recent Standards for Adult Immunization Practice on the CDC website. These updated standards call on ALL healthcare professionals — whether they provide vaccinations or not — to take steps to help ensure that their adult patients are fully immunized. These steps are as follows:

ASSESS immunization status of all your patients at every clinical encounter.

  • Stay informed. Get the latest CDC recommendations for immunization of adults.
  • Implement protocols and policies. Ensure that patients’ vaccine needs are routinely reviewed and patients get reminders about vaccines they need.

Strongly RECOMMEND vaccines that patients need.

  • Share tailored reasons why vaccination is right for the patient.
  • Highlight positive experiences with vaccination.
  • Address patient questions and concerns.
  • Remind patients that vaccines protect them and their loved ones against a number of common and serious diseases.
  • Explain the potential costs of getting sick.

ADMINISTER or REFER your patients to a vaccination provider.

  • Offer the vaccines you stock.
  • Refer patients to providers in the area that offer vaccines that you don’t stock.

DOCUMENT vaccines received by your patients.

  • Participate in your state’s immunization registry. Help your office, your patients, and your patients’ other providers know which vaccines your patients have had.
  • Follow up. Confirm that patients received recommended vaccines that you referred them to get from other immunization providers.

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Additional Resources

Quality Improvement Projects

As part of the AACE Advancing Immunizations Project, we are partnering with several health systems to conduct a series of Quality Improvement Projects designed to improve routine immunization assessment; provider vaccine recommendations, immunization services, patient care procedures, and immunization documentation.

AACE's Health System Partners are:

  • Brown Medicine and Lifespan Corporation
  • Cleveland Clinic -Health Equity and Initiatives Institutes EMI
  • Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
  • Prisma Health Center Endocrinology Specialists and Thyroid Center
  • University of California, Los Angeles Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes Center
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas Health

Become a Health System Partner

Interested in becoming a Health System Partner with AACE Advancing Immunizations? Read our FAQ, view a budget template, and fill out an application. Contact Audrey Shively at [email protected] for any inquiries.