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4.29.2014

World Immunization Week is April 24-30: “Know, Check, Protect, Prevent”

Are your patients up-to-date on their immunizations? UHealth and the University of Miami Medical Group are partnering with the World Health Organization during its World Immunization Week Campaign: “Know, Check Protect, Prevent,” to promote one of the world’s most powerful tools for health – the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Immunization is widely recognized as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions ever introduced, preventing an estimated two to three million deaths worldwide every year.

Facts:

  • There are 25 diseases that may be prevented by vaccines, and many of our patients are not up-to-date on their immunizations;
  • Immunizations are not just for children;
  • Pneumonia and influenza immunizations are part of the accountable healthcare organizations quality safety metrics;
  • All patients ages 6 months and older seen for a visit between October 1 and March 31 should be offered influenza immunizations;
  • All patients 65 and older should be offered pneumonia vaccination, if not previously immunized or immunocompromised; and
  • Healthcare providers should document the medical reason (e.g., patient allergy, other), patient reason (e.g., patient declined, other), or system reason (e.g., vaccine not available, other) for not administering immunizations.

The UHealth Patient Safety and Quality team and UMMG clinic staff are jointly promoting this initiative across the medical campus and satellite locations. For more information, please contact the Patient Safety and Quality Office at 305-243-7731. For more information about World Immunization Week, please visit www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2014.
Take the opportunity to improve our patients’ safety and quality of care today.

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