Coalition Announces Statewide Immunization Initiative

“Immunize South Carolina Week” is scheduled for Aug. 14-21, during which community leaders will join together to share the important message that immunizations reduce the risk of death and that citizens should check with physicians, pharmacists and health departments to determine if they are up-to-date with vaccines.

Sponsored by the South Carolina Immunization Coalition, the campaign’s activities will include materials aimed at educating communities on the importance of immunizations and encouraging individuals of all ages to get them as recommended by their medical providers.

The Coalition is providing a downloadable promotional toolkit, including a flyer and a poster to promote the message. Click here to download the flyer and here to downlaod the poster. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited 44,836 deaths attributed to influenza and pneumonia among seniors—which taken together account for the eighth-leading cause of death in this age group.  

The Coalition includes providers, stakeholders, policy makers, and community advocates—all aiming to educate, motivate, and increase access to immunizations, thereby reducing the risk of preventable life-threatening diseases.

“The broad support by the Coalition and other community members in helping to bolster outreach is a key reason why immunization rates continue to rise in our state,” said Melinda Postal, Quality Specialist at The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence.

Medicare data from 2015-2016 show that all counties in South Carolina increased pneumonia immunization rates, and 25 counties increased influenza immunization rates. In spring 2017, the General Assembly passed a resolution—sponsored by Senator Ronnie Cromer, a pharmacist—emphasizing the need for awareness among all South Carolinians. The resolution will be highlighted during Immunize SC Week.

For information on how to become involved in the campaign, contact Melinda Postal at mpostal@thecarolinascenter.org.

 


Released:
07-20-2017 08:56 (EDT)