Careen Rodgers, the Immunization Action Planner (IAP) for West Piedmont Health District finds time to train private providers to improve immunization activities in her community. A local doctor's office in the district was seeking information on improving the immunization program in their office. In response, Ms. Rodgers developed a resource book for them including extensive CDC handouts and information gathered from the www.Immunize.org website. She prepared the book so it would be user-friendly for experienced or new staff. The in-service was well-received and the group worked together to identify ways to make improvements. The information facilitated development and growth for the provider’s immunization program ensuring appropriate vaccination in accordance with ACIP recommendations.
Through hard work, motivation, and commitment the district works diligently to avoid immunization problems and missed opportunities. In the past the health district would provide Tdap clinics in the schools so children met the school requirement for Tdap vaccine. The district has successfully convinced the schools that it is better for children to receive immunizations from their doctor to avoid missed opportunities for MCV and HPV which are also recommended by ACIP for this age group, but are not required for sixth grade school entry. Coverage rates for Tdap, MCV, and HPV are higher than the state average in West Piedmont based on registry data for the first quarter of 2014.
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Immunization Champions are nominated by VVFC staff.