Scenic Bluffs gets award for high immunization rate

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers was awarded the 2019 Wisconsin Immunization Program’s “Big Shot” award in recognition of high immunization coverage rates for adolescents.

In 2018, 80 percent of Scenic Bluffs’ adolescent patient population (13- to 18-year-olds) was up to date with their vaccinations for: Tetanus, diphtheria, andpertussis, meningococcal disease, and human papillomavirus. The “Big Shot” award was awarded to Scenic Bluffs based on immunization rates in both Cashton and Norwalk facilities.

A press release prepared by Scenic Bluffs notes, “Childhood immunizations are critical to protecting children and everyone around them from diseases that are easily spread from person to person. With diseases such measles on the rise in the United States, vaccination is key to preventing the spread of disease. Adults should also make sure they are up to date with immunizations.”

The press release continues, “If you are unsure what immunizations you or your children have received, there are multiple options available. Parents can access their child’s immunization records through the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR), contact your medical provider or your local health department.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s Immunization Program, in partnership with local partners, works to eliminate the transmission of vaccine preventable diseasethrough immunization programs.

According to Scenic Bluffs, the steps to achieving this mission include improving the effectiveness of immunization delivery systems, increasing immunization access for all, identifying and eliminating racial, ethnic and other disparities, and protecting the community through high immunization rates.

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers is a nonprofit, community-based primary healthcare provider in western Wisconsin. Scenic Bluffs accepts most private insurance, Wisconsin Medicaid, Medicare, and those without insurance. A sliding-fee scale program, called the Healthy Neighbor Plan, is offered to all individuals to help make care more affordable.

Scenic Bluffs has health centers in both Cashton and Norwalk, dental services in Viroqua and Cashton, and behavioral health services in Sparta and Cashton.

For more information on Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers, visit www.scenicbluffs.org or call (608) 654-5100.

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