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Adults need Immunizations too!

Adults need Immunizations too!

Vaccines are an important step in protecting adults against
several serious and sometimes deadly diseases.

• The need for vaccinations does not end in childhood. Vaccines are
recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation,
travel destinations, medical conditions, and vaccines received in the past.
• The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updates
vaccine recommendations for adults each year based on the latest
research on vaccine safety, effectiveness, and patterns of vaccine-preventable
diseases.
• ACIP’s vaccination recommendations also are reviewed and approved by
professional medical provider organizations, including the American
College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American
College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American College of
Nurse-Midwives.

Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the U.S. needlessly
suffer, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could
be prevented by vaccines.

• Each year, an average of 226,000 people are hospitalized due to influenza
and between 3,000 and 49,000 people die of influenza and its
complications, the majority of which are adults.
• About 900,000 people get pneumococcal pneumonia every year, leading
to as many as 400,000 hospitalizations and 19,000 deaths,
• 850,000 to 2.2 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis B, with
complications such as liver cancer.
• In the U.S., HPV causes about 17,000 cancers in women and about 9,000
cancers in men each year. About 4,000 women die each year from
cervical cancer.
• Of the approximately one million cases of shingles that occur annually, up
to 9% will involve the eye.

Vaccines are recommended for adults to prevent serious
diseases such as influenza (flu), shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis,
and whooping cough.

• Older adults and adults with certain chronic conditions are at increased
risk for serious complications from vaccine-preventable diseases.
• Many of these diseases are common in the U.S., and all adults – even
healthy adults – can benefit from vaccination.
• Some vaccines can help prevent cancer. Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent
liver cancer that can develop after developing chronic hepatitis B. The
HPV vaccine can prevent cancers caused by HPV infection, including
cervical, vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers.
• Vaccination is important because it not only protects the person being
vaccinated, but also helps prevent the spread of diseases to others –
especially those who are most vulnerable to serious complications, such
as young children, older people, and people with certain chronic
conditions or weakened immune systems.

National Immunizations Awareness Month – Babies & Young Children

National Immunizations Awareness Month – Babies & Young Children

Immunizations could be considered as one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. August is National Immunizations Awareness Month and during the month we will be highlighting a different age group to teach about immunizations through the lifespan.

This week focuses on babies and young children.

Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious
diseases. Parents can provide the best protection by following the recommended
immunization schedule – giving their child the vaccines they need, when they need
them.
Babies receive vaccinations that help protect them from 14 diseases by age 2. It is very
important that babies receive all doses of each vaccine and receive each vaccination on
time. After age 2, children are still recommended to receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Children are also due for additional doses of some vaccines between 4 and 6 years of
age. Following the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important
things parents can do to protect their children’s health. If a child falls behind the
recommended immunizations schedule, vaccines can still be given to “catch-up” the
child before adolescence.
Child care facilities, preschool programs, and schools are prone to outbreaks of
infectious diseases. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one
another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors such as
interacting in crowded environments.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread
disease to others in their play groups, child care centers, classrooms, and communities
– including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened
immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Thank you to The Allstate Foundation!!!

Thank you to The Allstate Foundation!!!

Thank you to The Allstate Foundation and Allstate Employee Edward Whitney for being a positive force for change by volunteering with us. We appreciate your efforts enabled us to receive an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant. Together, we #BringOutTheGood in our community.

Idaho Gives Update

Idaho Gives Update

A week has passed since our community’s big day with Idaho Gives and our clinic is still in awe about how much support we received from the community. The Pocatello Free Clinic raised just over $3,600 from 68 different donors through the Idaho Gives during last week’s event. Because of the generosity of many, Idaho Gives was a tremendous success for the state of Idaho and for our organization!

With the support of caring, concerned community members, we are making a difference in the lives of many. With the generous donations received from Idaho Gives, we are able to continue providing free medical and dental care to low income, uninsured individuals in our community. Thank you for being our friend in this mission.

Where does your money go?

$15.00 – Provides three months of medications to an individual in need.

$35.00 – Provides a medical exam, laboratory testing, and medications for an individual with mental health needs

$180.00 – Provides healthcare needs for one patient for an entire year.

Currently the Pocatello Free Clinic serves 886 unique individuals, with an expected 33% increase for 2017.

For updates on the work we do, check out our website, www.pocatellofreeclinic.com, or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pocatellofreeclinic/

Thank you for your support in our mission!

The PFC Crew

Kristina Jordan, CMA, Executive Director

Cynthia Bunde, PA-C

Kraig Davidson, Front Desk

Callie Ceci, LSW

Cassie LeBeau, Dental Director

Jake Egbert, Nursing Assistant

Under New Leadership – PFC Hires a New Executive Director

Under New Leadership – PFC Hires a New Executive Director

Kristina Jordan Takes Helm as New Executive Director at Pocatello Free Clinic

The Pocatello Free Clinic (PFC) Board of Directors is delighted to announce Kristina Jordan, CMA, AAMA, as the new Executive Director. Ms. Jordan’s healthcare skills and compassion are already well-known to the volunteers, staff and patients of the Pocatello Free Clinic. She has worked at the clinic for over three years, most recently as the Medical Manager and Director of Operations. Many have already seen Ms. Jordan as the outgoing, passionate individual proudly representing the PFC in commercials, at health fairs and in various community events. Jordan reports, “I am excited to take PFC into the future and look forward to changing individuals’ perceptions on those who qualify for free health care.

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