Immunization

Immunization

The ASTHO Immunization Project functions as a liaison between the states and the federal government, ensuring that state perspectives are recognized in the implementation of federal policy and programs and that states are informed about national policy initiatives, programs, and other activities.

Immunization Infrastructure

The availability of safe and effective immunizations plays a vital role in the control and prevention of infectious disease. Read more »

Immunization Resource Guide

ASTHO Immunization Resource Guide This Immunization Resource Guide was created to collect innovative best practices and information to help our members and partners consider potential methods to increase access to vaccines and rates of vaccination. The information is categorized into eight topic areas: Vaccine Finance, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Childhood and Adolescent Vaccination, Adult Vaccination, Healthcare Provider Vaccination, Infrastructure, Immunization Information Systems and Meaningful Use, and Communication.

Vaccine Safety Communication Resources

Browse and download audience-tested advertising templates your health agency can use to promote vaccination in your state -- free of charge!

The ads were developed in conjunction with ASTHO's report on vaccine communication, Communicating Effectively About Vaccines. The results of this survey suggest that pediatricians, public health officials and the CDC are seen as reliable sources of information on vaccine issues.

Immunization Legislation

Vaccine Finance

Federal funding for vaccines can be grouped into two programs: the Vaccines for Children program (VFC) and the Section 317 Immunization Grant Program. A number of states have additional programs to support the provision of vaccines. Read more »

Meeting Summaries

Increase in Vaccine Administration Rates: Summary of State Stakeholder Meetings
Reports on a series of information gathering sessions with state stakeholders to gain important baseline information on a provision to increase reimbursement for the administration of vaccines.

National Vaccine Plan Implementation: Summary of Stakeholder Meetings
Reports on a series of stakeholder meetings that were held to gain input on effective solutions to barriers for achieving the goals specified in the 2010 National Vaccine Plan.

School-Located Vaccination Clinics Meeting Summary
Presents highlights of discussion and key recommendations from a November 2010 meeting, and examines strategies that were discussed to establish SLV, particularly for seasonal influenza, as a broader, sustainable societal norm going forward.

Immunization Registries Summit Summary
Provides highlights and next steps from an August 2010 meeting to review the status of immunization registries.

Staff Contacts

Jim Blumenstock, MA, Chief Program Officer, Health Security
Kathy Talkington, MPAff, Senior Director, Immunization and Infectious Disease
Virginia Dolen, MS, Director, Emerging Infections
Kimberly Martin, Director, Immunization