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​National Vaccine Advisory Committee​​​ Stanards​


The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) Standards for Child and Adolescent Immunization Practices represent the most desirable immunization practices, which pediatricians should strive to achieve. The AAP endorses the NVAC Standards and encourages pediatricians to fully implement the recommendations. In an effort to address implementation challenges, the AAP Childhood Immunization Support Program collects best practices from pediatric offices and shares them for adoption in your office!

  • 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 addressesNVAC 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).

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