Immunization Outreach & Vaccine Accountability

Immunizations are one of public health’s greatest achievements. Spokane Regional Health District works closely with Washington State Department of Health’s Immunization Program to eliminate vaccine-preventable diseases in children, adolescents, and adults for a safer and healthier community.

Program Overview

The Immunization Outreach program at Spokane Regional Health District is dedicated to providing the community with the scientifically-based information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Our program does not receive any funds from pharmaceutical companies or other for-profit companies.  

Staff hold integrity and respect as our program’s highest values, and we understand the importance of compassion and collaboration in health care decisions. Positive support for vaccines creates a productive dialogue when the community can access a trusted resource locally. Productive dialogues and accurate information help parents, caregivers, and other community members make an informed decision about vaccines.  We would not recommend it if we did not believe it to be safe.

While not circulating at high levels in our community, diseases that vaccines prevent like measles and polio continue to be only a plane ride away. Vaccines are not just for children- it is important that you stay current on all vaccines throughout your life. One out of three people who contracted chickenpox as a child will develop very painful shingles in life. Receiving the shingles vaccine at age 60 and older, when our immune system is not as strong, greatly reduces the negative effects of shingles.

Vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza and pneumonia, continue to be a leading cause of death in the United States. The Immunization Outreach program at Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) works closely with community partners and health care providers to overcome barriers to immunization services that communities face and improve immunization services. Overcoming these barriers, such as vaccine supply and access, provides families and individuals the opportunity to protect themselves against diseases. Examples of activities include local vaccine program oversight and monitoring, community immunization events, medical office-based quality improvement projects, and vaccinator training programs.

The work of this program is important because the partnerships formed and the activities implemented help guide the efforts of our community to increase immunization uptake and reduce vaccine-preventable diseases.

The vaccine accountability activities in this program are primarily funded through a contract with Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Immunization Outreach activities are primarily funded with local public health funds and some complementary funding from various grant sources such as Group Health Foundation. The Immunization Outreach program works with groups such as pediatric and family practice medical offices, pharmacies, and other outside agencies like WithinReach, ESD 101, and Washington State University Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy to carry out its mission. Additionally, this program coordinates an open forum called the Immunization Outreach Network (ION) for community partners to help inform this program’s direction and efforts.


Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS)

8 million

The number of unique immunization records contained in the IIS

Accessing your immunization records

  • The IIS serves as a lifetime immunization record for all Washington residents- both children and adults alike.
  •  All children born in Washington since 1996 are input automatically into the IIS through birth record data
  • Your physician, pharmacist, nurse, etc. must create a record for you if you do not have one and input your immunization history into the IIS, especially if you have moved from out-of-state
  • You never have to worry about losing paper immunization records
  • You can obtain direct access to both your and your family’s immunization record through MyIR any time you need them.
  • You can also print your child’s Certificate of Immunization Status required for school and child care entry in Washington State directly from your MyIR account. MyIR is a FREE service through the Washington State Department of Health. Register today!

Spokane County School Immunization Data Reports (2016)

88.4%

The number of K-12 students complete for school-required vaccines

Our community vaccinates!

Parents and caregivers immunize their children and adolescents to protect them from diseases and ensure they do not miss school due to a vaccine-preventable disease!


PBS Nova, 2015

1 in 1,000,000

The odds of having a life-threatening allergic reaction to a vaccine

You are more likely to get struck by lightning (1 in 12,000) than have a life-threatening reaction to a vaccine!

  • If you believe you or someone in your family or care has had a reaction following a vaccination, please contact your healthcare provider first.
  • Ensure your provider completes a VAERS report (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System)
  • You can also report the adverse event using the online form or the new downloadable PDF


Spokane Counts 2015

50

Percentage of Spokane County Preschool Children Immunized

Immunization Rates

Immunization rates help determine how the population is doing to safeguard against disease. Below are links to more information on population immunization rates:

  • Spokane Counts (http://www.srhd.org/spokanecounts/)
  • VaxView (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vaxview/index.html)

Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) 2015

41

Percentage of Spokane County children aged 19-35 months that are under-immunized

What can the community do?

  • Encourage everyone in your family circle to get vaccinated
  • Practice strategies for effective communication between health care personnel, parents, and peers
  • Keep records of your immunizations, and obtain personal immunization record access to the Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) registry through MyIR
  • Patients and parents are encouraged to ask questions and engage in conversation with health care providers around vaccines
  • Ensure your vaccination status is reviewed at every visit with a pharmacy or health care provider
  • Health care provider offices and pharmacies should enroll in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2014-15)

64

Percentage of health care workers that received the flu vaccination

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Patients

  • Employers should create a policy statement affirming commitment to increase vaccination rates among health care workers
  • Make getting a vaccination convenient
  • Remove cost barriers to getting a vaccination
  • Educate health care workers on the importance of getting a vaccination
  • Top management and administration must become strong advocates for vaccinations
  • Use available health care worker toolkits to help design on-site vaccination programs

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rates in Health Care Workers

Protect Yourself, Protect Your Patients Toolkit


Travel Vaccines

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Immunization Outreach for Health Care Providers

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