Immunization

Local health departments vaccinate people in their communities, providing one of the most successful and cost-effective services to prevent disease and death. NACCHO is dedicated to strengthening local health departments' immunization infrastructure and building local health departments' capacity to implement evidence-based public health programs, policies, and services to meet national standards in preventing and controlling vaccine-preventable diseases.

NACCHO convenes a workgroup of individuals working in local immunization programs to provide a forum for discussing policy development, sharing relevant news updates, exchanging information and experiences, and developing tools for immunization programs and local health departments.

NACCHO's human papillomavirus (HPV) project provides support to local health departments to identify strategies to improve vaccination rates for HPV, the leading cause of cervical and several other types of cancers. Despite the availability of a vaccine, HPV vaccination rates remain low. Learn more about NACCHO's HPV work and click here to view an interactive map of NACCHO's HPV prevention projects.

Resources for Local Health Departments 

NACCHO's first cohort of ten local health departments are implementing their action plans to identify strategies to improve HPV vaccination rates. Read these local health departments' stories to learn about their ongoing HPV prevention efforts:

Additionally, NACCHO's Guide to HPV Resources for Local Health Departments assists local health departments with increasing HPV vaccination rates. This collection of fact sheets, webinars, infographics, print material, videos, and more can assist local health departments with the development of HPV projects and vaccination campaigns. Download the Guide.

Policy Statements

NACCHO has created a toolkit with resources, templates, and tools for local health departments to use and develop capacity to bill third party payers for immunization, STD, TB, and HIV services. More than 200 resources have currently been collected from state billing guides, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state health departments, local health departments, insurance companies, and vendors of products such as electronic medical records and billing clearinghouses.

The Billing for Clinical Services Toolkit provides information to local health departments that are interested in starting the process to bill public and private sector payers for immunization and other clinical services. This resource is stored on the NACCHO.org archives. If you click this link, you will be taken offsite.

The following NACCHO resources have been designed to help keep your local health department informed on immunization issues.

NACCHO has multiple policy statements on immunization issues such as vaccine safety, third party billing, immunization information systems, and increasing vaccination rates. Please visit our Policy and Advocacy page to find NACCHO's immunization policy statements, located in the "Community Health" section.