Wednesday, November 14th, twenty six students were immunized at the Brinnon schools thanks to a collaborative initiative between Jefferson Healthcare, Jefferson County Public Health, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and the Brinnon School District. Vaccines provided by the state WIIS vaccine program were administered by staff from the Jefferson Healthcare Medical Group with the goal to improve vaccination rates in the Brinnon Community. The Brinnon PTA and school provided students with cookies, water, stickers as well as moral support while they received their vaccines.
“Getting children immunized for the vaccine-preventable diseases protects not only that child but helps slow the spread of these diseases among the entire school population. We appreciate the efforts of everyone to increase the rate of immunized children in the Brinnon Schools,” says John Nowak, Co-Executive Director of CHIP
Low vaccination rates are cause for concern. Public health organizations including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) — have vaccine schedule recommendations for infants, children, adolescents and adults to promote health and wellness. The recommended vaccines are administered to prevent infectious diseases and are highly effective at stopping the spread of otherwise dangerous and deadly illnesses. The WHO estimates that every year, 2.5 million deaths are avoided throughout the world with vaccinations. Additionally, if immunizations were 100 percent effective and 100 percent of the people followed recommendations, one out of seven cases of child mortality could be prevented, especially in developing countries, but also in places like Washington State.
Of the 39 counties in Washington State, Jefferson County ranks 30th in complete kindergarten immunizations, with less than half of the kindergarten students starting school with the full set of required immunizations. However, childhood vaccinations protect children when they are most vulnerable. To illustrate the efficacy of vaccines, throughout the past century, diseases such as measles, mumps, and rubella have been essentially eradicated through following immunization orders in the United States.
The breakout of vaccines is as follows: 20 Influenza, four Meningococcal, four HPV, four HepA, four DTAP, two TDap, two MMRV and one IPV vaccine.