Internet Resources

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force — Preventive Services Selector Tool
The electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS), a free application available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is a quick, hands-on tool designed to help primary care clinicians identify and offer the screening, counseling, and preventive medication services that are appropriate for their patients.

The ePSS is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and can be searched by specific patient characteristics, such as age, sex, and selected behavioral risk factors.

Note: The ePSS is also available as a downloadable PDA/mobile application for the following devices:

National Cholesterol Education Month Kit
This kit, developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, provides educational materials and tools to encourage more aggressive cholesterol-lowering treatment and better identification of those at high risk for heart disease.

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed these information sheets to explain the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives get a VIS before receiving certain vaccinations (before each dose).

CDC’s Flu Bulletin
Review the CDC’s influenza information and read its periodic bulletin about recent developments in the production, distribution, and administration of influenza vaccine for the upcoming influenza season.

KIDS Immunization Registry
Kids Immunization Database/Tracking System (KIDS) is the City of Philadelphia’s immunization registry. As a provider, you can easily find out from KIDS which immunizations a child has already received, and children who are not current on their immunizations can be identified and targeted for outreach.

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool
This computer tool developed by the National Cancer Institute can be used to estimate a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer based on several recognized risk factors.

Cervical Cancer Screening Email Reminder
Direct your patients to this free service from the College of American Pathologists to help them remember to schedule their annual Pap test. The annual Pap test continues to be the best way to screen for precancerous cell changes that could develop into cervical cancer.

Immunization Action Coalition
Check out the work being done by the nonprofit Immunization Action Coalition. Their authoritative, practical, comprehensive immunization information is geared toward increasing immunization rates and preventing disease by facilitating communication within communities and creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public.

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