Gundersen Health System receives grant to support childhood immunizations

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW)  Gundersen Health System will test a number of strategies to improve vaccination rates for children.

The medical facility recently received a grant for their proposal.

Dr. Rajiv Naik, Gundersen Health System

Doctor Rajiv Naik wrote the proposal.  He has worked on this issue for a long time.

According to a release from Gundersen Health System, the $120,000 will help support five primary strategies to improve immunization rates.

First, it will help provide targeted training for healthcare providers and clinic sites who are struggling to immunize children completely or on time.

Next, the grant will help provide educational programs for providers to address quality improvement, vaccine best practices and vaccine hesitancy.

It will also support the development information available during visits to help healthcare providers administer immunizations on time.

The grant will also provide workflow training for providers to decrease missed opportunities to immunize.

And, included in this process are individual and team based pay for performance measures for providers to improve immunization rates.

Dr. Naik says, “Without question, the most important thing you can do for your children is make sure they receive their vaccinations on time.”  He says for every birth group they immunize, 33,000 lives are saved.  About $9.9 billion is saved in health care costs and $33.4 billion is saved in indirect costs.

Naik says immunizations have been proven safe and effective, but many children are not completely immunized or receive vaccinations late, leaving them susceptible to preventable disease.

Dave Solie

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