May 24, 2018 3:55 a.m.
All five Umpqua Community Health Center Clinics have been recognized by the Oregon Health Authority for achieving gold status in vaccine accounting excellence for the first quarter of 2018.
A release from UCHC said that means they have followed best practices and standards established by the state’s Vaccine for Children program for immunization administration.
Three of the clinics, Roseburg, Sutherlin, and the school-based health center on the campus of Roseburg High School, have achieved gold status every quarter since the inception of the VFC program.
Sallie Dean, vaccine coordinator for the health center, said UCHC is “committed to ensuring the proper, safe, and effective use of vaccines”. She said the recognition is proof of that commitment.
The UCHC release said OHA defines gold status by measures that include:
*95% or higher of all vaccine inventory accounted for.
*Having fewer than 5% of accounted for doses reported as expired, spoiled or wasted during the quarter.
*Having had no compliance issues that would lead to suspension from the VFC program at the time the accountability report is run.
Dean said the upshot of meeting these stringent requirements is effective use and administration of vaccines, which ultimately leads to increased protection for the community against dangerous conditions like flu, measles, pertussis and many others.