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HealthInsight QIN-QIO Celebrates National Immunization Awareness Month

Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too – the HealthInsight Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is recognizing August 16-22 as National Immunization Awareness Week for Adults. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles and pneumococcal disease.

HealthInsight is partnering with more than 1,000 physicians and practitioners, 100 home health agencies and 60 critical access hospitals in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah to improve influenza, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations for Medicare patients and those with both Medicare and Medicaid insurance. Specifically, HealthInsight is focusing on improving assessment of vaccination status, improving immunization rates, and increasing documentation in state immunization information systems.

The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.

“There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for children,” said John Seibel, MD, HealthInsight New Mexico medical director. “The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”

Clinicians interested in learning more or participating with HealthInsight on improving adult immunization practices may contact Renee Sussman, Project Director-HIT, at (505)-314-9015. Individuals can learn more about vaccines and take a quick quiz to find out which vaccines they may need at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults.