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Vaccines are Everybody’s Business

Vaccines are Everybody’s Business

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) International Infection Prevention Week is October 13 - 19, 2019 With measles cases now numbering more than 1,200 and spreading nationwide, protecting our “herd” through vaccination is more important than ever before. In...

Cough Drops and Flu Shots Signal New Season

Cough Drops and Flu Shots Signal New Season

The swimming pool has been traded for the football field and the cooler temperatures signal the start of the next season: cold and flu season. When stocking up on cough drops and decongestant at the local food or drug store, individuals also have the opportunity to...

Prepare Your Practices for Flu Season!

Prepare Your Practices for Flu Season!

As a healthcare professional, your strong recommendation is a critical factor that affects whether your patients get an influenza vaccine. Most adults believe vaccines are important, but they need a reminder from you to get vaccinated. It is necessary for some...

Immunization Registry Helps Providers Call the Shots

Immunization Registry Helps Providers Call the Shots

Convenience and incentives from pharmacy locations in drug and grocery store chains have been helping increase immunization rates. The state immunization registry is a valuable tool for ensuring medical health records are properly updated  for primary care providers...

Unintended Harm from Exposure to Common Viruses

Unintended Harm from Exposure to Common Viruses

A simple touch or a laugh can be enough to spread an infectious disease and trigger a major health crisis. Exposure to common viruses is unavoidable and vaccination is the strongest form of protection for every age.  While previously common childhood diseases have...

Influenza Vaccination for the Healthcare Community

Influenza Vaccination for the Healthcare Community

Healthcare workers can reduce or eliminate the spread of contagious diseases simply by being vaccinated. Healthcare providers are at risk for exposure to serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. Therefore, it is critical to stay current with the appropriate vaccines for...

Did You Know There are Two Pneumonia Vaccines?

Did You Know There are Two Pneumonia Vaccines?

Did you know there are two pneumonia vaccines? Pneumococcal vaccines help prevent infections caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. In older adults, this disease can cause serious illness or even death. Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills...

Are Your Immunization Records Up to Date?

Are Your Immunization Records Up to Date?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare providers to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. During NIAM, Great Plains Quality Innovation...

Patient Safety and Engagement

Patient Safety and Engagement

Originally published in the South Dakota Medicine Journal August 2019 issue. Stephan Schroeder, MD, CMD, CMQ Medical Director, South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care Health care is a complex, adaptive system where people, processes and technology intersect in a work...