HOISINGTON — Clara Barton Medical Clinic and Hospital participate in National Immunization Awareness month and strive year round to keep its patients protected from serious diseases by offering immunization vaccines.
Immunizations apply to all from infant to senior, and it’s important to know which shots are needed and when to get them.
Tetanus and influenza are vaccines as well as others might be needed when they visit their healthcare provider, said Trish Martin, LPN.
Incentives include hand sanitizer, adhesive bandages, and thermometers. This also can include larger incentives such as a few hundred dollars for utilities.
One mother, Kari Carper, believes in making sure her children are all immunized to stay healthy. The Carper family were winners of a drawing for $200 for their utilities.
“Peace of mind is worth a lot of money,” said Brett Carper, father. With the immunizations, they can avoid some diseases.
Clara Barton Hospital Medical Clinic offers immunization services year round during regular clinic hours.
Clara Barton Medical Clinic received accolades by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDKE) immunization program for their Vaccines for Children (VFC) partnership and the immunization services provided to its patients. They provided patient education and increased volume of children receiving recommended shots each year since 2004.
Annually, one patient’s name is drawn randomly from patients who received immunizations between January and December at CBMC.
The “Immunize Win a Prize “ project is a statewide immunization incentive program offered to VFC providers to ensure children complete their primary immunization series by age 2. The project is based on taking four visits for a child to complete their primary immunization series by age 2.
The clinic will continue to participate in the VFC program and all children from birth to two years of age that receive all required vaccines: four DTaP, three polio, one MMR, three HIB, three HepB, one varicella and four Prevnar. If the child receives the immunizations prior to age 2, they will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win the incentive prize. Over 200 prizes will be awarded to winners in all 105 counties, including a $200 utility bill payment for one winning family at each participating provider. “One family from Clara Barton Medical Clinic will win $200 toward a utility (gas, electric, water or propane) of their choice since Clara Barton Medical Clinic is a VFC provider, explains Trish Martin, LPN. To schedule an appointment for immunizations call Clara Barton Medical Clinic at 620-653-2386.