NVAC Standards of Excellence

In 1992, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), developed a set of standards as to what constitutes the most essential and desirable immunization policies and practices. These standards were updated in 2003, and are endorsed by the AAP along with other public health organizations. They represented an important element in our national strategy to protect America’s children against vaccine-preventable diseases. (Login required).

 

Below is a series in support of these Standards

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standard 1 (PDF 195KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #1: Vaccination services are readily available.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standard 2 (PDF 198KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #2: Vaccinations are coordinated with other healthcare services and provided in a medical home when possible.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standard 3 (PDF 280KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #3: Barriers to vaccination are identified and minimized.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standard 4 (PDF 259KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #4: Patient costs are minimized.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standards 5 & 6 (PDF 191KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #5: Health care professionals review the vaccination and health status of patients at every encounter to determine which vaccines are indicated. Also addresses NVAC Standard #6: Health care professionals assess for and follow only medically accepted contraindications.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standard 7 (PDF 203KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #7: Parents/guardians and patients are educated about the benefits and risks of vaccination in a culturally appropriate manner and in an easy-to-understand language.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standards 8 & 9 (PDF 199KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #8: Healthcare professionals follow appropriate procedures for vaccine storage and handling. Also addresses NVAC Standard #9: Up-to-date, written vaccination protocols are accessible at all locations where vaccines are administered.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standard 10 (PDF 232KB)
Addresses NVAC Standard #10: Persons who administer vaccines and staff who manage or support vaccine administration are knowledgeable and receive ongoing education.

 

Maintaining Standards of Excellence: Standards 11& 13

Addresses NVAC Standard #11: Healthcare professionals simultaneously administer as many indicated vaccine doses as possible. Also addresses NVAC Standard #13: Health care professionals report adverse events after vaccination promptly and accurately to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and are aware of a separate program, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).

Last Updated: 10/7/13

 




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