The “Take Your Best Shot: WV Adolescent Immunization Project” (TYBS) was developed to address the problems associated with low vaccination rates among adolescents (11-21 years of age) West Virginia. TYBS will be strategically implemented statewide through the use of evidence-based strategies by health care providers, local health departments, and other partners throughout the state.
Adolescent immunization rates for Tdap and meningococcal vaccines have reached approximately 90%; however, influenza, HPV, and COVID-19 vaccination rates are still lagging far behind. The TYBS projects is solely focused on improving HPV, meningococcal B, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccination rates among adolescents. This grant cycle will provide an opportunity for up to 4 lead agencies in West Virginia, with a maximum of $3,000 for each funded project, to be included in TYBS in their effort to improve HPV, meningococcal B, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccination rates among adolescents.
Evidence-Based Strategies for Improving Adolescent Immunization Rates
Research has shown that there are several strategies that have been effective in improving immunization rates. These include:
1. A strong recommendation from the healthcare provider for vaccination, which is one of the greatest indicators of vaccine acceptance among patients/parents;
2. Client reminder & recall systems;
3. Standing orders (standing order templates available through the Immunization Action Coalition’s website: immunize.org)
4. Provider alert;
5. Provider education (training opportunities available through WIN and online opportunities available on the CDC’s and WIN’s websites);
6. Vaccination in schools, childcare centers, and other off-site locations;
7. Community-wide education (including media outreach, when implemented with other evidenced-based strategies).
TYBS lead agencies are expected to implement at least two of these strategies as part of their project to improve HPV, meningococcal B, influenza, and COVID-19 vaccination rates among adolescents.