At some point, most patients will encounter the need for vaccination. Many people question how vaccines are made, if they are effective and whether they are safe. They seek answers to these questions from a wide variety of sources including family, friends, healthcare providers, the Internet, television and medical literature. The information they receive is complex and, at times, inaccurate or misleading. Therefore, health professionals have a responsibility to provide accurate, understandable information and to handle vaccine safety concerns appropriately.
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA) requires all healthcare providers who administer vaccines to discuss the potential risks and benefits of immunization. Additionally, federal law requires all healthcare providers who administer vaccines in the United States to provide Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) to vaccine recipients (or their parent/guardian) prior to each dose being administered. VIS are developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and contain information on the disease as well as the risks and benefits associated with immunization. These documents, and others, can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention vaccine website.
For more information, visit the following links under Information for Healthcare Providers.
Here you will find links to immunization evaluation resources and national immunization data sets.
Get immunization information about Utah residents across the lifespan, including children, adolescents and adults.
Utah state law requires that schools, early childhood programs, long-term care facilities (LTCs) and hospitals collect immunization information and report immunization data annually.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a virus that infects the skin, genital area and lining of the cervix. It is spread during unprotected sex with an infected partner.
The Utah Immunization Program has an inventory of educational materials designed to assist patients in making informed decisions about vaccines.
The purpose of this training curriculum is to provide immunization education to students training as medical assistants through lecture and exercises to promote best practices and develop competency in immunization delivery.
Utah’s Silver Syringe Awards recognizes individuals as well as clinics who have taken extra efforts to increase immunization awareness, improve immunization rates, and provide services or activities to help promote immunizations in Utah.