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WHAT IMMUNIZATION LEADERS SAY ABOUT STANDING ORDERS

"Immunization of adults is a complex process, but attention and standardization of procedures via the use of standing orders in medical practices have demonstrated major impact on patient care. Using standing orders ensures that each patient will receive the best preventive care at every visit. Not by chance, but by design."

Ruth Carrico, PhD, RN

Clinical Director, Vaccine and International Health and Travel Clinics

"Implementing standing orders in our practice helped eliminate the uncertainty that the clinical staff felt as to which vaccines should be given to which patients. Now clinical staff members are empowered to discuss vaccine status with patients and to administer the appropriate vaccines without delay or hesitation. This has allowed the entire office to play an integral part in increasing the number of adult patients who receive needed immunizations."

Jo Ann Stadtfeld, RN, BSN

Practice Manager, Gordon Gold MD & Associates University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

"Standing orders are one of the most effective and cost-effective methods to raise immunization rates. For standing orders to be most effective, a routine trigger is needed, such as vaccination as a vital sign."

Richard K Zimmerman, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

"Using standing orders for all routine vaccines is the key to improving immunization rates in a medical practice. Assessment of the vaccination status should be a part of the vital sign process for all patients. A clinic vaccine champion can manage unusual situations and ensure the correct application of all standing orders. Standing orders enable us to Vaccinate Today!"

Donald B. Middleton, MD

Professor of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center St. Margaret

"Standing orders take the guesswork out of a crowded vaccine schedule. For a busy clinician, they can be the perfect failsafe."

Paul A. Offit, MD

Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

“At UnitedHealthcare, we encourage medical practices to implement standing orders because we know they increase vaccination rates.”

Dr. Richard Justman

National Medical Director, UnitedHealthcare

“The American Academy of Physician Assistants is deeply committed to increasing adult immunization rates and strongly supports the use of standing orders to administer vaccines to adults. In short, standing orders help PAs deploy their full skill set efficiently and effectively by reducing unneeded steps in clinic operations and capturing often missed opportunities to vaccinate.”

Marie-Michèle Léger, MPH, PA-C

Director, Clinical Education, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

“Standing orders help to improve practice efficiency and enable standardization in vaccinating adult patients. The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) supports the use of standing orders to increase vaccination rates among adults.”

William Schaffner, MD

NFID Medical Director

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