Immunizations

The MNAAP Immunization Taskforce is committed to increasing infant, child, and teen immunization rates and decreasing barriers to vaccination. The task force is currently co-chaired by Dawn Martin, MD, FAAP, MPH and Garrett Jones, MD, FAAP.

Only three in four Minnesota children are up to date on their immunizations. Not only do immunizations save lives, but they also save on health care costs with every $1 spent yielding an estimated $10‐$14 in saved expenditure.

Improving the Minnesota pediatric immunization rates is one of the four strategic priorities of the MNAAP Board for 2017-2020

The MNAAP supports all efforts to strengthen immunization laws and eliminate personal belief, non-medical exemptions in Minnesota. MNAAP issued the policy statement “Stronger Childhood Immunization Laws needed in Minnesota” to explain this priority position.

The MNAAP Immunization workgroup meets by conference call on a monthly or “as needed” basis and welcome new members. Contact cairns@mnaap.org for information.

Sample Social Media Messages to Encourage Vaccination

Sample Social Media Messages – Word Document

Vaccine Reminder/Recall Strategies

Putting Reminder/Recall into Action: Reviewing Specific Clinic Scenarios and Deciding Next Steps

Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Rates: An Introduction to Assessment reports and Recall/Reminder Messages

Recent Work Group Call Information

March 2020 Work Group Call Audio Replay

March 2020 Slides: Reducing Pain and Anxiety with Needle Procedures

Sept. 2019 Work Group Call Video Replay

Activities Include  

  • Immunization advocacy at the state legislature and in administrative hearings/policy;
  • Supports professional education;
  • Partners closely with the MDH and updates to Minnesota Childcare and School Immunization Laws;
  • Implements grant-funded projects to increase immunization education supports clinics with immunization resources and funding;
  • MOC4 projects for pediatricians on improving immunization rates and outreach; and
  • Educational scholarships to support bilingual Community Health Workers and foreign-trained physicians to increase immunization outreach and education.

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