Improving Immunization Rates


Great Plains QIN partners with providers, patients, partners and stakeholders to implement best practices to increase immunization rates for influenza, pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, immunization rates among adults in the United States are much lower than national targets. Several interventions, however, have proven successful. For example, recommendations from healthcare professionals have repeatedly shown to increase immunization rates. System-level changes that include routine vaccine assessment, recommendations and administration also lead to improvement.

Get Involved

We offer a wealth of free evidence-based resources to promote influenza, pneumococcal and herpes zoster vaccination best practices, guidelines and tools to break down barriers to care for disparate populations. Ultimately, we intend to improve access to and quality of care through our efforts. Together, we play an important role in helping to educate patients about immunization recommendations. 

State Immunization Information Systems for the Great Plains QIN Region

North Dakota Immunization Information System
South Dakota Immunization Program

ILINet State Activity Indicator Map

Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) Activity Level Indicator Determined by Data Reported to ILINet

Immunization Schedules.

Additional Immunization Resources


External Resources

4 Pillars Immunization Toolkit (trademarked)
American College of Physicians Immunizations Portal
American Hospital Association - United Against the Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Vaccines
CDC Influenza Toolkit for LTC Providers
FAQs Regarding Safe Practices for Medical Injections
FLU Defense - Your Older Adult Patients are at Risk
Flu Vaccine and People with Egg Allergies
Healthy People 2020 - Immunization and Infectious Diseases
Immunization Action Coalition
National Institute for Infectious Diseases
PneumoRecs VaxAdvisor Mobile App for Vaccine Providers
Types of Influenza Vaccine | Seasonal Flu (CDC)

Patient Education

Antibiotics, Immunizations & Sepsis: Connecting the Dots

External Resources

CDC 2019 Recommended Immunizations for Adults
CDC 3 Important Reasons for Adults to Get Vaccinated
CDC Adults Shots Flyer
CDC Family Vaccinations Flyer
CDC Healthcare Workers Won't Spread Flu Flyer
CDC Native American Protect Circle of Life Flu Fact Sheet
CDC Seniors Protecting Health Flyer
CDC Seniors Vaccination Fact Sheet
CDC Why Get a Flu Vaccine Fact Sheet
Influenza Vaccination - Questions Patients 65+ Frequently ask their HCP

Posters/Infographics/Fact Sheets


External Resources

Recommended Immunizations for Adults by Age
Flu and You - Immunizations and Diabetes Fact Sheet/Infographic
Dangers of Influenza (Flu) for People with Diabetes 
Dangers of Influenza (Flu) for People with Heart Disease 
Dangers of Influenza (Flu) for People with Lung Disease 

Great Plains Quality Care Coalition

Our Vision: Through collaboration and partnership, we aspire to make healthcare in the Dakotas the best in the nation. We have partnered with committed nursing homes, community leaders and healthcare organizations to improve the care in our communities. Better together.