Finally in the news for nurses this week, we have some good news for a change on the vaccine front. The CDC recently released news on the current rates of vaccination nationwide and they point out that despite pockets of resistance, most U.S. babies are getting their vaccinations against preventable childhood illnesses.
Some Not Following Up With Vaccine Boosters
In the U.S., among children born in the last 20 years, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths during their lifetimes. Still we have not reached all the targets for the national Healthy People 2020 goals that are set by the Federal government.
Some people aren’t following up with the full series of shots for things like diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP vaccine), pneumococcal conjugate virus (PCV vaccine), and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib vaccine). The report also noted that coverage rates are widely varied by state meaning that some areas are doing a better job of educating and following up with patients on the vaccine regimen needed for a healthy life.
Be a Nurse Vaccine Champion!
Do you follow-up with people you know and your patients to make sure they are following the vaccine schedule for their kids? We know that current education efforts to counteract the vaccine haters aren’t always effective based on other research.
It falls to us and other health professionals to make sure that people know they can ask us for the facts and recommendations regarding what to do in the face of conflicting information that is out there. Be a vaccine champion!
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Nurse Care Coordination and Transition Management and Episode 311.