10 Steps to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization in Your Practice Setting

Immunization Action Coalition

Standing orders are written protocols approved by a physician or other authorized practitioner that allow qualified health care professionals (who are eligible to do so under state law) to assess the need for and administer a vaccine to patients meeting certain criteria, such as age or underlying medical condition. While this guide focuses on implementing standing orders for influenza vaccination, the basic principles included can be used to implement standing orders for other vaccines and for any age group desired.