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Increasing Appropriate Vaccination: Provider Reminders

Task Force Finding

The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends provider reminders on the basis of strong evidence of effectiveness in increasing vaccination rates:

  • Among adults, adolescents and children
  • When used alone or with additional interventions
  • Across a range of intervention characteristics (e.g., computerized or simple reminders, checklists, flowcharts); and
  • In a range of settings and populations

Read the full Task Force Finding and Rationale Statement for details including implementation issues, possible added benefits, potential harms, and evidence gaps.

Intervention Definition

Provider reminders inform those who administer vaccinations that individual clients are due for specific vaccinations. Techniques by which reminders are delivered vary, but may include notes prepared in advance and posted in client charts, alerts in electronic medical records, or letters sent by mail or e-mail.

About the Systematic Review

The Task Force finding is based on evidence from a Community Guide systematic review completed in 2008 (23 studies, search period 1997-2007) combined with more recent evidence (5 studies, search period 2007-February 2012). The finding updates and replaces the 2008 finding for Provider Reminders.

This review was conducted on behalf of the Task Force by a team of specialists in systematic review methods, and in research, practice and policy related to increasing appropriate vaccination. Subscribe External Web Site Icon to be notified as new materials on this topic become available.

Supporting Materials


Jacob V, Chattopadhyay SK, Hopkins DP, Murphy Morgan J, Pitan AA, Clymer JM, the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Increasing coverage of appropriate vaccinations: a Community Guide systematic economic review. Adobe PDF File [PDF - 440 kB] Am J Prev Med 2016;50(6):797–808.

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The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC. Task Force evidence-based recommendations are not mandates for compliance or spending. Instead, they provide information and options for decision makers and stakeholders to consider when determining which programs, services, and policies best meet the needs, preferences, available resources, and constraints of their constituents.

Sample Citation

The content of publications of the Guide to Community Preventive Services is in the public domain. Citation as to source, however, is appreciated. Sample citation: Guide to Community Preventive Services. Increasing appropriate vaccination: provider reminders (abbreviated). Last updated: MM/DD/YYYY.

Review completed: March 2015