August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and Alliant Health Solutions is working to increase immunization rates for the populations we serve.
Seniors are more likely to contract certain diseases, and when they do, the severity of the illness can be worse than in other age groups – making immunizations extremely important for seniors. In Georgia, our senior population immunization rates are among the lowest in the nation. In 2014, the highest influenza immunization rates in the state were less than 55 percent, and pneumococcal immunization rates were less than 52 percent. Additionally, senior minorities and those living in rural areas are less likely to be up-to-date on their immunizations.
Alliant Quality, a division of Alliant Health Solutions, is working to improve immunization rates among Georgia seniors, in the following ways:
· We assembled an advisory board of medical partners, community partners and stakeholders to develop and implement an immunization intervention plan
· We recruited more than 290 hospitals, home-health agencies, pharmacists, health departments and health practitioners across the state to participate in our immunization rate improvement initiative
· We are providing ongoing technical assistance and education on immunization practices to the participating provider group, which represents more than 125,000 Medicare beneficiaries
Over a three-year period, we aim to assist participating providers in increasing influenza vaccine coverage to 70 percent, and pneumococcal vaccine coverage to 90 percent across the state. We hope that our efforts will help ensure Georgia seniors are better protected against these diseases.
To learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month, and the importance of immunizations for all, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.