Immunizations necessary for people of all ages

Tens of thousands of families mourn the loss of loved ones each year to a variety of diseases. Adding to the heartbreak, their death could have been prevented if proper vaccinations were administered.August is National Immunization Awareness Month and as the month approaches, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) wants to remind families and individuals in the community to catch up on their vaccinations. This is especially important as the new school year begins.Children are often the highlight of immunization schedules as they are required to attend local schools. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinations are just as important for adults as well.Talking with your family physician regarding adult immunizations can not only mean a difference between life and death, but it can also potentially reduce medical expenses.“Vaccinations are a simple and critical component of our health and is designed to keep us all safe and healthy,” said Dody Barnes, RN, infection control practitioner at RPMH. “It’s important to remember that immunizations shouldn’t stop after we graduate high school. It’s a life-long necessity.”Immunizations helps keep individuals healthier and can reduce medical expenses by preventing illnesses that cause people to miss school and work. State law requires that public school and child-care facilities enforce vaccine requirements as a way to protect the public from preventable diseases. “If you are not sure where you or your children stand in terms of immunizations, it’s recommended that you speak with your physician,” said Best. “They can assess individual cases and recommend the correct vaccines to help keep you and your family safe.” The immunization program at RPMH is one of the best in the region. The hospital recently received the gold award from The Joint Commission for the Flu Vaccination Challenge, which strives to increase flu vaccination rates among healthcare workers in order to promote health and safety among both employees and patients.According to RPMH administrator, Donna Boatright, awards from reputable organizations such as The Joint Commission are important. She explains they the awards illustrate the hospital’s commitment to promoting better health not only for team members, but for the entire community.Organizations are recognized from The Joint Commission for superior participation with gold, silver or bronze-level certificate awards for 90, 75 or 65 percent of employees receiving the vaccination. RPMH employees earned the gold award for achieving an astounding X percent vaccination rate. For more information or to view the recommended vaccine schedule, visit, or consult with your physician on what is most appropriate for you and your family.Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit