Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
There has been a recent outbreak of Measles and the majority who contracted the disease were unvaccinated (CDC, 2015). An increase in pertussis cases from 2013 to 2014 have occurred as well from 28,639 cases to 32,971 in 2014 (CDC, 2015). This is endangering the community, and putting infants and the younger generation at risk. Increasing immunization rates for patients to be fully immunized has become crucial. Being fully immunized not only reduces their chances of getting these diseases, but also helps the rest of the population who are too young to get these vaccines (Daly, Matthew F. & Glanz, Jason M., 2011. By reaching out to patients through calls and letters, we were able to make them aware of the importance of being fully immunized and to bring their child in for immunization updates. Running reports and ensuring immunization rates do not fall below 80% for the clinic improves the clinic’s credibility, increases funding to increase staff and reach out to a bigger patient population, and most importantly keeps the community and the patients safe and healthy against preventative diseases. While it is important for those to be fully vaccinated for themselves, it is just as critical for other individuals surrounding them to be immunized as well. Increasing immunization rates and awareness can decrease disease outbreak all over the world and prevent unnecessary deaths and societal costs associated with these preventable diseases. Though the project did not meet its goal of 80% of patients between 23-35 months being fully immunized, the numbers show that with certain adjustments to the project the goal can be achieved since the percentage fell within the 71-74%.
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Le, Catherine, "Prospectus Elements: Increasing Pediatric Immunization Rates" (2015). Master's Projects and Capstones. 236.