CCHD Earns Award for Immunization Coverage Levels

Cascade City-County Health Department’s (CCHD) Vision “Healthy People in a Healthy Community” summarizes the goals of the entire agency. This phrase encompasses the objectives of each program and the work that they do to improve the health of the public. One important component of this effort is immunizing people against vaccine preventable diseases. CCHD’s work in this area was recently recognized during an annual assessment of child immunization records. Only two of the 58 clinics reviewed showed that 90% of their chosen immunizations were current. CCHD was one of the two, and this accomplishment earned them the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Award for 2010 Immunization Coverage Levels.

CCHD recognizes that childhood is not the only time that vaccines are necessary. It is also recommended that adults receive vaccinations to stay healthy. Vaccines are very effective in preventing influenza, shingles, Hepatitis B, illnesses that can be contracted when travelling abroad and other serious diseases that can affect people of any age. “One of the greatest public health achievements in the United States is attributable to advances in vaccines against diseases,” says Alicia Thompson, CCHD’s Health Officer. She continues, “Everyone who is able should get immunized against vaccine preventable diseases.”

In its continuing effort to increase immunization rates among all age groups, CCHD often works with community partners to make it as convenient and accessible to the public as possible.  An example of this will take place on August 25th at the Montana Expo Park. From 1pm to 4pm, CCHD will be providing immunizations to anyone 0-18 years old, and Great Falls Clinic Family Medicine providers will be available to provide required sports physicals. With the school year approaching, this will be a great opportunity for parents to get their children vaccinated and/or sports physicals in one convenient location.

If you have any questions about immunizations, please visit CCHD’s Immunizations page.