It’s not too late to get your flu vaccine! Flu vaccination coverage estimates from past years have shown that influenza vaccination activity drops quickly after the end of November. Mountain-Pacific wants to remind you that even though the holiday season has arrived, it is not too late to get your flu vaccine.
Did you know vaccines are not just for children? It’s true. Adults need vaccinations, too. Many adults in the U.S., however, do not know that or do not know which vaccines they should be getting to protect themselves and prevent disease.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health partners with health care providers and other community members to improve immunization rates among adults, especially to protect people against influenza, pneumonia and shingles.
Vaccines are an important part of staying healthy. People who have conditions like diabetes, heart disease or asthma especially need to keep up with their immunizations to avoid complications that come with getting the flu or pneumonia.
Influenza, or the flu for short, is a contagious virus that infects your nose, throat and lungs. Flu viruses mainly spread by droplets made when people with the flu cough, sneeze or even just talk. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated every year.
Pneumococcal bacteria can cause many kinds of illnesses, including pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs. Pneumococcal bacteria can also cause meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord, and bacteremia, which is a blood stream infection. Pneumococcal disease can be prevented with a vaccine that is recommended for all adults 65 years and older.
Shingles is a very painful skin rash that often blisters. Anyone who has had chickenpox can get shingles, because they are both caused by the same virus. Shingles usually happens in people who are 50 years old or older. The herpes zoster vaccination protects adults from shingles and the pain that comes with it.
What vaccines do you need?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), immunization rates among adults in the United States are much lower than national targets. Several interventions, however, can improve these rates. For example, recommendations from health care professionals have repeatedly shown to increase immunization rates. System-level changes that include routine vaccine assessment, recommendations and administration also help improve rates.
Healthy People 2020 is a government program that promotes disease prevention. Mountain-Pacific is aligning with this nationwide effort to increase immunization rates for influenza, pneumococcal disease and herpes zoster. In fact, we want to do our part to achieve a bold national goal—that by 2019, one million previously unimmunized Medicare beneficiaries will get immunized against pneumococcal disease.
We can achieve more together.
You play an important role in helping to educate patients about immunization recommendations. We can support you, through the use of your electronic health record and other electronic methods, to make sure patients are properly assessed and immunized. For more information, please contact your local Mountain-Pacific office.
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For more information, please contact your local Mountain-Pacific office.
Amber Rogers, RN, MSN
(307) 472-0507 ext. 7
Catherine Nelson, RN
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