About This Course
‘About This Course’ provides an opportunity to learn more about the course and how to meet requirements for continuing education credit. The contents include:
WhatWorks is a program that can be used:
The primary purpose of WhatWorks is to increase your knowledge about strategies that increase vaccination rates in a setting similar to one in which you work.
The “Strategies” section challenges you to work through a case study in a setting similar to the one you work in and study the strategies that are proven to work in different situations. Background information about recommended strategies is provided in Strategies List.
Test Your Vaccination Knowledg and EPI Facts allow you to test yourself. See how well you do! If you don’t know something, answers are provided.
References, Resources, and FAQs are there as a reference for you. Any time you have questions, you can log onto the site for information.
Updates allow you to sign up for automatic email notifications when new information is available..
WhatWorks is a program for you to use time and again. Come back to the site as you need to.
To qualify for continuing education credit, work through the 3 main sections of the course - Test Your Vaccination Knowledge, EPI Facts, and Strategies - but focus on the Strategies section.
Note: To receive continuing education credit, you must exit WhatWorks and register with CDC’s Training and Continuing Education Online. You will be asked to complete an evaluation; you will then receive your certificate. Click on the Continuing Education link above for more information.Back to top
Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates: WhatWorks will assist you, the primary care practitioner, in finding ways to increase vaccination rates among your adult patients. This program will expand your understanding of the public health problem of under-immunized adults and present information about effective strategies that you can implement in your practice to increase adult vaccination rates.
This is an interactive, instructional program. The strategies presented in this web-based course are described in the Guide to Community Preventive Services and recommended by the Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Other content includes technical vaccine information which is based on the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and immunization resource materials which were developed by the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC. The content for this program was updated through February 2009.
Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates: WhatWorks is intended for primary care practitioners: physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. The program is also appropriate for other health professionals who are interested in adult immunization and strategies for increasing adult vaccination rates.Back to top
To successfully complete this program and obtain continuing education credit you must meet the following objectives by being able to:
You should allow approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete this activity. The actual time you spend will depend on how much of the supplementary material you review.Back to top
Internet Connection Requirements
Test Your Vaccination Knowledge
Test your knowledge of vaccine usage in ten clinical cases presented in this section. This test is a self-evaluation for your use only.
Review epidemiological information on vaccine-preventable diseases. This section documents the extent of the problem of under-immunized adults in the U.S. The data demonstrate the need for primary care providers to incorporate vaccinating adults into their prevention efforts.
Strategies to Increase Adult Vaccination Rates
Examine strategies that are proven effective in improving adult vaccination rates in different health care settings. For each strategy, you will find information about the advantages and disadvantages associated with the strategy, how to implement it, resources needed, effectiveness of the strategy, and sample documents. Case studies for three different practice settings are presented to allow you to practice applying the strategies to specific situations.
Access the adult immunization schedule, recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), travel vaccinations guidelines, and other vaccine-related resources on the Internet.
Access information about organizations and materials that support adult immunization.
Sign up for a free e-mail service that will notify you by e-mail when new information is available. You can receive updated information on items of interest automatically without having to return to the website to check for changes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Link to the Immunization Action Coalition’s “Ask the Experts” to explore immunization questions and answers. These questions are clinical in nature and may assist with immunization issues that occur in your practice. The questions address vaccine usage issues and include such topics as efficacy, indications and contraindications, and schedules.Back to top
Continuing Education Credit Information
Send questions and comments about this training program to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Links to nonfederal organizations found at this site are provided solely as a service to our users. These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations by CDC or the federal government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organizations' websites found at these links.Back to top
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