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.

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Webinar: State of the ImmUnion: Vaccine-Preventable Disease

NACCHO and Every Child By Two hosted a webinar on the 2018 "State of the ImmUnion" Report.

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Webinar: State of the ImmUnion: Vaccine-Preventable Disease

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NIIW 2018: Q&A with Houston Health Department

Houston discusses the importance, challenges, and successes of increasing infant immunization rates

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NIIW 2018: Q&A with Houston Health Department

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. 

Vaccinations have been saving lives and preventing serious illness for centuries. Yet, thousands of people die and many more are hospitalized each year because of diseases like meningitis, whooping cough, and the flu that could have been prevented by vaccination. In these tough economic times, more families must choose between healthcare and other critical needs. Fortunately, the federal government program, Vaccines for Children (VFC), provides vaccines to eligible children and teens at no- or low-cost. NACCHO seeks to raise awareness among parents about this program, and local health departments can help.

NACCHO launched a campaign, with support from Sanofi Pasteur, to increase awareness of the VFC program and educate parents about how they can access no- or low-cost vaccines for their children and teens.  Campaign materials include radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish and radio interviews.  Posters and tear pads are available for local health departments to order and share with community partners.

Radio Public Service Announcements

These public service announcements have been airing on radio stations around the country, promoting Vaccines for Children. Visit our Toolbox to download the resources

In addition to the pre-recorded radio spots, a Microsoft Word document of the 30- and 60-second scripts is also available.  With these scripts, you can customize the PSA with your organization’s name and distribute to radio stations in your area for them to utilize as “live read” scripts.  If you would like to pursue this opportunity, we suggest the following:

  • Replace NACCHO’s information with your health department’s name plus a brief description (or “boilerplate”) on both scripts
  • Have someone read both scripts and time them to ensure that they do not exceed 30 and 60 seconds, respectively
  • If needed, edit your health department’s information to reduce the running time
  • Print the scripts on your letterhead and send to radio stations in your area, with a cover note explaining the importance of promoting the Vaccines for Children program and requesting that they read the 30- or 60-second PSA on the air

Posters and Tear Pads

Free posters and pads of tear-off sheets are now available for ordering. Place these printed materials in your health department and clinics and share them with your community partners.

In September 2007, CDC distributed $20 million of Section 317 Immunization Program funds through the Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Initiative (the Initiative) to enable local health departments and partners to provide free adult hepatitis B virus vaccine for adult clients at disproportionate risk for incident hepatitis B infection. In 2009–2010, NACCHO conducted a formative evaluationof the Initiative at 10 select local health departments. Through this evaluation, these local health departments identified the successes, challenges, and lessons learned that others can use to guide their own vaccination efforts for high-risk adult populations. While the project concluded in late 2010, valuable resources are still available to help local health departments with hepatitis B vaccination and general adult vaccination planning.