CME Webcast

Immunizations for Adolescents: Improve Rates, Improve Outcomes

For AAFP members only

Laptop with adolecent patient on screen

Adolescent immunizations can be difficult to explain, track, and follow up on, and as a result, teen vaccination rates are not as high as they should be. Learn the latest evidence-based recommendations and guidelines to help improve them.

Watch this hour-long webcast and earn 1 AAFP Prescribed credit. This activity is free for AAFP members.

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About the Webcast

Learning Objectives

After completing this CME activity, you should be able to:

  • Incorporate the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care to facilitate a partnership between patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient's family.
  • Develop an action plan to implement office system changes to increase adolescent immunization rates in the practice's daily office routines. Implement communication tools that are directed to adolescent patients for follow up, tracking and documentation to reduce missed immunizations in adolescent patients.
  • Review current immunization schedules for adolescents and Integrate practices to ensure maximum vaccination coverage when schedules are updated.

Estimated time required to complete the full module: 54 minutes

Original release date of webcast: August 31, 2015.

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Presenting Faculty

Belinda Vail, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Vail serves as vice chair of clinical affairs at the University of Kansas (KU) Department of Family Medicine and residency director for the KU Family Practice Residency in Junction City. Her clinical practice includes procedures, maternity, and inpatient care. She teaches students, nurse practitioners, and residents in all four years at the KU School of Medicine, KU School of Nursing, and KU Family Medicine Residency.

She is medical director for Community Living Opportunities, a nonprofit social services organization for developmentally disabled adults, and participates in oversight for the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Dr. Vail is a core lecturer for several continuing medical education programs for the American Academy of Family Physicians and was the director of the Family Medicine Board Review Course for 15 years. She is a member of American Osteopathic Association, the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and the Delp Society. Her awards include the Rainbow Award for heroes in medicine, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Exemplary Teaching Award, the Nason Family Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education, and the University of Kansas Ruth Bohan Teaching Professorship Award.


This CME activity is funded by an educational grant to the AAFP from Merck.


The material presented here is being made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. Please note that medical information is constantly changing; the information contained in this activity was accurate at the time of publication. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

The AAFP disclaims any and all liability for injury or other damages resulting to any individual using this material and for all claims that might arise out of the use of the techniques demonstrated therein by such individuals, whether these claims shall be asserted by a physician or any other person. Physicians may care to check specific details such as drug doses and contraindications, etc., in standard sources prior to clinical application. This material might contain recommendations/guidelines developed by other organizations. Please note that although these guidelines might be included, this does not necessarily imply the endorsement by the AAFP.

CME Credit

To be eligible to report CME credit, please complete the full module in one sitting.

This enduring material activity, Immunizations for Adolescents: Improve Rates, Improve Outcomes, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1 Prescribed credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of approval begins August 31, 2015. Term of approval is for two years from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit. View more credit agreements »


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