El Departamento de Salud de Virginia (VDH, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a los padres con hijos de 18 años o menos a completar una encuesta anónima. En esta encuesta se pide a los padres que compartan sus opiniones sobre las vacunas para niños y sus experiencias al vacunar a sus hijos.

Pedimos a los padres que completen esta encuesta antes del 21 de julio de 2023. La encuesta dura entre 10 y 15 minutos y es voluntaria y anónima. Las respuestas de los padres no se relacionarán con ellos individualmente, y la información recopilada sólo se presentará de forma resumida.

En esta encuesta se pregunta a los padres sobre las cuatro categorías de vacunas para niños que se recomiendan actualmente.

La mayoría de las preguntas se centran en los dos primeros tipos de vacunas para niños:

  1. Vacunas recomendadas para niños menores de 8 años
    (como sarampión/paperas/rubéola, poliomielitis o varicela)

  2. Vacunas recomendadas para niños mayores de 9 años
    (como virus de papiloma humano [VPH] o meningitis)

También hay un número limitado de preguntas sobre los siguientes tipos de vacunas para niños:

  1. Vacunas contra la gripe para niños

  2. Vacunas contra el COVID-19 para niños

Las opiniones de los padres son muy importantes para VDH y con esta encuesta buscamos comprender la experiencia de los virginianos con las vacunas de sus hijos. Los resultados se utilizarán para mejorar los programas de vacunación y asistencia de Virginia, en función de lo que más necesitan los padres. Esto ayudará a los padres a identificar las barreras existentes al vacunar a sus hijos a fin de reducir estos problemas en el futuro.

Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre esta encuesta, por favor contáctenos. En asunto, seleccione el tema “Encuesta sobre Vacunas”.

Agradecemos su tiempo y esperamos recibir sus respuestas.

Parental Immunization Survey

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is inviting parents with children 18 years old or younger to complete an anonymous survey. This survey is asking parents to share their thoughts about children’s vaccines and their experiences getting their children vaccinated.

We ask that parents complete this survey between July 5th – July 21st. The survey takes 10-15 minutes to answer and is voluntary and anonymous. Parents’ responses will not be linked to them individually, and the information gathered will only be presented in summary.

This survey asks parents about the four categories below of children’s vaccines that are currently recommended.

The majority of questions are focused on the first two types of children’s vaccines:

  1. Vaccines recommended for younger children 8 years old or younger
    (such as Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Polio, or Chickenpox)

  2. Vaccines recommended for older children 9 years old or older
    (such as HPV or Meningitis)

There are also a limited number of questions on the following types of children’s vaccines:

  1. Flu vaccines for children

  2. COVID-19 vaccines for children

Parents’ thoughts are very important to VDH, as we want to understand Virginians’ experience with their children's vaccines. The results will be used to inform Virginia’s vaccine programs and support, based on what Virginia’s parents need most. This will help parents by identifying current barriers for children receiving their vaccines, so that those challenges can be reduced in the future.

If you have any questions about this survey, you can contact us. Choose the “Vaccine Survey” subject.

We appreciate your time and look forward to receiving your responses.

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Travel Health of Williamsburg

I have been in nursing for more than 30 years and have never used a tool like VIIS (the Virginia Immunization Information System). VIIS is the best thing ever invented and everyone in the state should be using it. It has saved me so much time. I do not have to call the providers or the local health departments as much for shot records. Most of my patients are in VIIS with a partial or full record.

VIIS saves the day!

I was able to help a young lady who had come to my office for travel vaccines in the past. She had returned to the U.S. and took another trip to New York. The young lady was involved in an accident and was rushed to a local hospital. The hospital asked if she had received the Td vaccine in the past. The young lady did not know. She called me for help and advice. I was able to find her immunization record in VIIS which showed that she had received the Td vaccine. The young lady did not have to pay for a vaccine that was not needed.

Noticed Vaccine Trends in VIIS

Since gaining access to VIIS, I have noticed trends in the administration of vaccines. A few of the trends are:

  • Children between the ages of 14 – 18 years old do not have the 2nd Varicella. This vaccine is highly recommended for travel abroad.
  • Infants should be vaccinated with MMR and Varicella before traveling abroad. Even if it is before their required age for the vaccines. The infants are at risk if they do not have these vaccines.
  • Patients are getting unnecessary multiple doses of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide vaccine.

VIIS is a very user friendly system. I encourage all providers who administer vaccines to sign-up with VDH and get trained on this system today!

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Vaccine News Alert

Sept/Oct 2018


The current influenza VIS, dated 8/7/15, is still valid for the 2018-19 influenza season. It will remain valid through upcoming flu seasons unless there are significant changes to CDC’s recommendations, in which case subscribers will be notified of any change.

Flu Borrowing

For seasonal influenza vaccine, providers may use private-stock seasonal influenza vaccine to vaccinate VFC-eligible children if VFC seasonal influenza stock is not yet available. Those private stock doses used on VFC-eligible children can later be replaced when VFC stock becomes available. This one directional borrowing exception is unique to seasonal influenza vaccine.

Flu Vaccine is Available

The first shipments of flu vaccine have arrived at the CDC depots. Please notify Susan Kocen if you are ready to begin administering flu vaccine.

FluLaval and Fluarix Vaccine

The dose for FluLaval and Fluarix for this flu season is (0.5-mL) for all children in the indicated age range of 6 months and older.

Vaccine Storage Unit Assessment

Because vaccine borrowing occurs, a private dose of vaccine is occasionally administered to a VFC-eligible patient. A private storage unit may be used to store VFC vaccine when a storage unit fails. Because these types of events occur, storage units that contain only private stock must be reviewed during compliance visits. Private storage units that don’t meet CDC storage and handling requirements will require follow up.

Vaccine Supply

Hep B - To ensure equitable access to hepatitis B vaccines, CDC is placing Recombivax HB and Engerix B under allocation. The recommendations for hepatitis B vaccination of infants have NOT changed. To expedite order approval, please indicate if you have no preference for Hep B on the order form until supply improves. If you indicate “no preference” we will substitute brands only if necessary. Orders may be reduced, but providers can re-order as necessary. Sample schedules are posted on the CDC Current Vaccine Shortages and Delays web page located here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/clinical-resources/shortages.html

New Vaccine NDCs

HPV – A new NDC for Gardasil syringes will be available soon and will be added to the vaccine order form. Tdap – A new latex free NDC for Adacel will be available soon and will been added to the vaccine order form.


Adult Vaccine Update

Shingrix Supply - Due to high levels of demand for Shingrix vaccine, GSK has implemented order limits and providers have experienced shipping delays. It is anticipated these order limits and shipping delays will continue throughout 2018. In response, GSK has increased the US supply available for 2018 and plans to release doses to all customer types on a consistent and predictable schedule for the rest of 2018.Ask the Experts Q&A

Q: I want to begin providing vaccines for my adult patients but reimbursement for these vaccines is confusing. Can you provide guidance?

A: In 2017, the Immunization Action Coalition revised its comprehensive 142-page guide titled Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide. The guide was written to assist medical practices to improve their adult vaccination services. Two of the chapters (7A and 7B) address financial considerations and provide guidance on how to obtain reimbursement for adult vaccines. The guide is available free of charge on the IAC website at www.immunize.org/guide. In addition, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit has created a web section on this topic at www.izsummitpartners.org/naiis-workgroups/access-provider-workgroup/coding-and-billing.

Gold Star Awards (June/July)

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Bon Secours Hanover Pediatrics, Mechanicsville
Bon Secours Pediatrics, Mechanicsville
Centerville Family Practice, Manakin Sabot
Century Pediatrics, Fredericksburg
Century Pediatrics, Garrisonville
Century Pediatrics, Woodbridge
Children’s Health, Fredericksburg
Family Care Pediatrics, Galax
Infant, Child, & Adolescent Clinic, Alexandria
MWMG Family & Internal Med., Bowling Green
Practice of Carolyn Boone, Richmond
Valley Health-Page Memorial Hosp., Luray
Woodbridge Pediatrics, Woodbridge

Process Improvement
The Practice of Carlos Cruz in Alexandria uses a pharmaceutical grade refrigerator and has a back-up data logger. Their EMR interface exchanges data with the immunization registry and includes patient eligibility.

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