OGDEN -- The Weber Morgan Area Agency on Aging recently received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Program Office to increase vaccination rates of adults over the age of 65.
The "Adult Immunization Community Intervention Project" seeks to target non-institutionalized senior citizens in their homes, local senior centers and senior housing developments.
Seniors are being educated about the importance of getting vaccinated and how this not only protects them but also protects family and the community by helping to decrease exposure and spread of disease. Vaccines specifically discussed will include Shingles (ZOSTAVAX), Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis(whooping cough) (Tdap), Influenza, Pneumococcal (PNEUMOVAX 23) and Hepatitis B.
Presentations are to be given by Alice Hirai, RN, Preventive Health Coordinator at Weber Human Services Aging Department. After the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to sign up to receive immunizations. Participants will receive incentives for participation.
Numerous community partners have assisted in the implementation of this project including local senior centers, Weber Morgan Health Department, Northern Utah Immunization Coalition, Community Nursing Services, Merck Pharmaceutical, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi/Pasteur, Kier Corporation, Danville, Trapper Trails Council Boy Scouts, Northern Utah Immunization Coalition, Utah State Dept. of Health, and other housing developments.
For more information about the presentations, please contact Alice Hirai at 801-589-8859.