Catch Families Up on Vaccinations Through Reminder/Recall Systems

Well-child visits and recommended vaccines are essential to help make sure children stay healthy. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take extra time to have vaccine conversations with parents, including conversations around the COVID-19 vaccine (when patients are eligible). COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing; this includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day.

Pediatric practices can use immunization reminder and recall systems to identify and notify families whose children are behind on immunizations (recall) or due soon (reminder). Using these systems may be one of the most powerful ways to catch up those who are behind and ensure optimal vaccination rates. Many state immunization information systems (IIS) and electronic health records (EHR)s can easily run reports that can be used by your practice to contact patients who are overdue. Building those practices into patient flow is key.

Click here for detailed instructions on how to access reminder/recall reports from Ohio’s ImpactSIIS registry.

For more information on the importance of reminder/recall systems, please consider scheduling a Maximizing Office Based Immunizations (MOBI) and/or Teen Immunization Education Sessions (TIES). Free resources include postage-paid reminder/recall postcards!

Contact Lory Winland at lwinland@ohioaap.org for questions. 

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