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Vaccine Schedule Adherence Promotes Better Health Outcomes

by Dr. Paige Kilian, Chief Medical Officer, on July 27, 2021
Dr. Paige Kilian, Chief Medical Officer

Vaccines are one of the best tools to promote better health outcomes. Millions of lives are saved each year because of vaccine adherence,1 but unfortunately, at least one-third of all parents still do not adhere to the recommended vaccine schedule by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Adult vaccination rates also remain low for most routinely recommended vaccines and the prevalence of vaccine-preventable illnesses among older adults is notably high. Vaccine schedules are designed to:

  • Ensure ideal timing.
  • Prevent complications.
  • Ensure early protection.
  • Provide the most effective protection.
  • Provide long-term protection.
  • Avoid the spread of illness.

Despite the positive health outcomes that benefit patients, vaccine schedules do not rid us of underlying challenges surrounding hesitancy. Ultimately, a comprehensive, strategic approach that increases awareness can help. My recent white paper discusses specific strategies and best practices surrounding vaccination awareness and education.

In addition to improving the health of patients, vaccinations are also one of the most cost-effective interventions that contribute to healthcare system efficiency. Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that the vaccination of children between 1994 and 2018 saved the U.S. nearly $406 billion in direct medical costs and $1.88 trillion in societal costs.2

There is a clear call to action for the healthcare ecosystem to overcome the barriers to immunization by improving communication and effectively conveying the benefits of vaccines to the public. Developing a data-driven strategy can help healthcare organizations increase awareness, improve health outcomes, and avoid high costs of care associated with vaccine-preventable diseases. Inovalon’s Vaccine Adherence Program can help bridge coordination and engagement gaps.

At little to no cost to the health plan, this program makes message delivery about timely vaccine series completion easier and helps to package targeted disease education efforts to support vaccine uptake.

With a little assistance, health plans and other members of the healthcare ecosystem can contribute to vaccine education and awareness among the public and achieve greater adherence to the recommended schedule.

Contact us today to learn more about Inovalon’s solutions.

1. World Health Organization Staff. Global Immunisation FactSheet. https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/immunization-coverage
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/overview.html

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