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'The Business of Health Care Report'

National Immunization Awareness Month
07/28/2008

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and employers should take this opportunity to inform employees about the importance of ensuring their families are up-to-date on vaccines.

Flu season is just around the corner, and parents are preparing to send their kids back to school or off to college. The timing is right to turn the attention of your workforce to the value of immunizations.

Vaccines help control the spread of many harmful infectious diseases that were once common in this country, such as measles, mumps and rubella. The viruses and bacteria that cause these diseases still exist and can infect those who are not protected by vaccines, according to the National Partnership for Immunization.

Diseases that can be prevented by vaccines are costly, resulting in physician visits, hospitalizations, and premature deaths. Maintaining high immunization rates protects the entire community by stopping the spread of disease-causing viruses and bacteria.

Remind your employees to also practice and promote proper hand hygiene, the most effective method of preventing the spread of disease. A dab of soap and a quick second under the faucet is not enough. In order to rid the hands of germs, use any kind of soap with warm water and rub the soap into the hands and wrists for at least 15 seconds. When you don’t have a way to wash your hands, use antibacterial hand gel to help keep them clean.

For our faith-based hospitals – Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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