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Health Dept. to send immunization letters

The North Dakota Department of Health is piloting immunization reminder letters and postcards for adults age 60 years and older who are 30 or more days past due for recommended immunizations, according to the North Dakota Immunization Information...

 

The North Dakota Department of Health is piloting immunization reminder letters and postcards for adults age 60 years and older who are 30 or more days past due for recommended immunizations, according to the North Dakota Immunization Information System.

Reminder letters or postcards will be sent to residents in Grand Forks, Stutsman and Morton counties on Monday, March 6, who are due for pneumococcal and shingles vaccines. Residents who receive reminders should ask about other vaccines they may be due for, including influenza and tetanus. The reminders will request that individuals contact their primary health care provider, pharmacy or local public health unit to receive immunizations.

All adults 60 and older are recommended to receive a dose of the shingles vaccine, and adults 65 and older should receive two different types of pneumococcal vaccine. North Dakota’s adult shingles immunization rate is 35.6 percent. Immunization rates for the two pneumococcal vaccines are 41 percent and 44 percent.

“This means less than half of our most vulnerable adults are not protected against serious diseases,” said Molly Howell, Department of Health Immunization Program manager.. “Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills thousands of adults, including 18,000 people 65 years or older.”

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Adults who do not wish to receive immunization recall postcards or letters should complete the Immunization Recall Exclusion Form located on the Immunization Program website at www.ndhealth.gov/immunize.

For more information on adult immunizations in North Dakota, contact the North Dakota Immunization Program at (701) 328-3386 or (800) 472-2180.

   

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