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Umpqua Community Health Center recognized by OHA for vaccine accounting excellence

170126 Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg, January 26, 2017. (File photo/SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. – All five Umpqua Community Health Center clinics were recognized recently by the Oregon Health Authority for achieving gold status in vaccine accounting excellence for the first quarter of 2018 for their efforts to follow best practices and standards established by the state’s Vaccines for Children Program for immunization administration, the organization said.

Three of the clinics – Roseburg, Sutherlin and UCHC’s school-based health center located on the campus of Roseburg High School – have achieved gold status every quarter since the inception of the VFC Program.

“UCHC is committed to ensuring the proper, safe and effective use of vaccines,” says Sallie Dean, vaccine coordinator at the health center. “Recognition by the state for vaccine accounting excellence is proof of that commitment, and we’re proud of our efforts to protect the health of our patients and community.”

OHA defines gold status by the following measures:

  • 95 percent or higher of all vaccine inventory accounted for in ALERT IIS
  • Having fewer than 5 percent of accounted-for doses reported as expired, spoiled or wasted during the quarter
  • Having recorded the receipt of vaccine in the ALERT IIS inventory module during the quarter
  • Having had no compliance issues that would lead to suspension from the VFC Program at the time the accountability report is run

According to Dean, the upshot of meeting these stringent requirements is effective use and administration of vaccines, which ultimately lead to increased protection for the community against dangerous conditions like flu, measles, pertussis and many others.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been in the news recently. As of May 18, as many as 78 confirmed cases of pertussis were reported by Lane County public health officials. Fewer than 10 cases were confirmed in Douglas County, an occurrence that drives home the importance of immunizations, according to Dr. Bob Dannenhoffer, a pediatrician at UCHC and Douglas County Health Officer.

“The best protection is vaccination,” he says. “Highly contagious conditions like pertussis are easily transmitted from person to person, which is why it’s so important to stay up to date on your immunizations.”

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