Recommendation for Use of Immunization Information Systems to Increase Vaccination Rates

Community Preventive Services Task Force

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000092
Practice Brief Report
Abstract

Based on findings of a systematic review, the Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends immunization information systems on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness in increasing vaccination rates. Evidence is considered strong, based on the findings from 108 published articles and 132 conference abstracts showing that immunization information systems are effective in increasing vaccination rates and reducing vaccine-preventable disease through their capabilities to (1) create or support effective interventions such as client reminder and recall systems, provider assessment and feedback, and provider reminders; (2) generate and evaluate public health responses to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease; (3) facilitate vaccine management and accountability; (4) determine client vaccination status for decisions made by clinicians, health departments, and schools; and (5) aid surveillance and investigations on vaccination rates, missed vaccination opportunities, invalid dose administration, and disparities in vaccination coverage.

In Brief

This study is based on findings of a systematic review. The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends immunization information systems on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness in increasing vaccination rates.

Author Information

Names and affiliations of Task Force members can be found at http://www.thecommunityguide.org/about/task-force-members.html.

Correspondence: David P. Hopkins, MD, MPH, Community Guide Branch, Division of Epidemiology, Analysis, and Library Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, MS E-69, Atlanta, GA 30329 (dhh4@cdc.gov).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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