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Internet Resources and Bulletins

Toolkit Offers help for a Successful Flu Vaccine Campaign
To help health care providers get the message about flu vaccination out to their patients, a new online toolkit is available. The W. Montague Cobb/NMA Health Institute’s Immunization Toolkit provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ “Protecting All from the Flu” campaign, includes information about gaps in vaccination rates among diverse populations, and provides tips and resources for a successful vaccination campaign.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — Preventive Services Selector Tool
This application is offered free from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The electronic Preventives Services Selector (ePSS) is a quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians identify and offer the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.

The ePSS is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors.

Note: The ePSS is also available as a downloadable PDA/mobile application for the following devices:

National Cholesterol Education Month Kit
The latest findings of the Adult Treatment Panel III (ATP III) are featured in this kit, developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. This kit provides the educational materials and tools needed to implement the new guidelines and encourage more aggressive cholesterol-lowering treatment and better identification of those at high risk for heart disease.

Vaccine Information Statements
Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out whenever certain vaccinations are given (before each dose).

CDC’s Flu Bulletin
The National Immunization Program (NIP) of the Centers for Disease Control publishes and distributes a periodic bulletin to provide updates about recent developments related to the production, distribution, and administration of influenza vaccine for the upcoming influenza season. We are happy to provide a link to the CDC’s influenza information and this bulletin.

KIDS Immunization Registry
Kids Immunization Database/Tracking System (KIDS) is the city of Philadelphia’s immunization registry. As a provider, you can easily find out from KIDS which immunizations a child has already received, and children who are not up-to-date on their immunizations can be identified and targeted for outreach.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
This computer tool developed by the National Cancer Institute can be used to estimate a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer based on several recognized risk factors.

Cervical Cancer Screening Email Reminder
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) provides a free, Internet-based service that will help remind women to schedule their annual cervical cancer screening — a simple action that could save their lives. One quick visit to this website allows a woman to select the day she would like to be reminded to schedule a cervical cancer screening. On the date she chooses, an email message will be sent reminding her to call her health care provider and schedule an appointment.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC)
The Immunization Action Coalition, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies.

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