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Maintaining Vaccination Schedules

Maintaining Vaccination Schedules

Vaccine schedule management is an important part of any medical practice. Ensuring that patients receive their vaccinations in a timely fashion, in the right order, and without too much time passing between important dosages is all made easier by efficient record keeping and a system that ties different data entry points together to form an overall picture for the patient’s health record.

The importance of vaccines

Vaccinations protect individuals from illness and disease, including complications from things like influenza. Receiving your regularly scheduled vaccinations helps to protect not only the individual from vaccine-preventable diseases but also the community as a whole. Vaccines keep these diseases from spreading and helping to protect those who cannot be vaccinated for various reasons.

Outbreaks of preventable–but still potentially deadly–diseases happen when people choose not to vaccinate; having a vaccine record that is up to date and easily managed also helps a doctor eliminate potential illnesses if a child or adult has been properly vaccinated against them.

Determining Vaccine Schedules

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention all provide detailed guidelines on what vaccines are recommended and when they are best administered to patients. All three resources recommend specific vaccinations for all individuals and provide detailed timelines for those vaccinations to be scheduled within to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

Managing the Vaccine Schedule

Vaccine schedule management is a major component of managing a Pediatric Practice. Knowing when a dosage needs to be issued and monitoring any reactions to a vaccination in order to modify or adjust the schedule in order to ensure a vaccine’s effectiveness are all parts of the schedule management process. Having a program that does the managing for you makes this process significantly easier. It also reduces errors and delays in treatment.

Some vaccinations require multiple doses in specific time frames or they are considered ineffective and have to be repeated. Effective management of vaccinations such as these is important to help patients stay healthy and to help keep health costs down.

Knowing when the next vaccination is due allows an office to ensure that they have enough of the vaccine in stock when they need it. Recognizing a missed schedule and determining how best to accommodate a missed or delayed dosage is also something that a physician is likely to face during the course of practice. Shifting schedules based on this data and maintaining the appropriate schedules for maximum effectiveness of each vaccine dosage is easy and efficient if you have a vaccine schedule management system in place to help track all of these variables.

Management of a vaccination schedule according the the CDC guidelines is a great way to help patients manage their health and help their community. Encouraging following the recommended schedule to allow for maximum immunity is made easy with the proper tools. Tools such as an electronic health record and a schedule management system help make the management process an easy and painless one for all involved.