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Jackson County strives to boost adult immunization rates

 Posted: 12:35 PM October 31, 2012

Jackson County Health & Human Services hopes to boost adult immunization rates for influenza and Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, for Jackson and Josephine counties by 10 percent in the coming fiscal year.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement between the two counties, authorizing the Adult Immunization Project. The federal program will provide $45,000 to the county to hire an individual to do the immunizations. That person will work for in Jackson County, which will receive reimbursements from Josephine County.

The project will have a heavy emphasis on vaccinating health care workers and the elderly. It has the ultimate goal of reducing the spread of the flu, diphtheria and pertussis, along with reducing the likelihood of contracting tetanus, county officials said.

"The goal is to target high-risk populations," said County Administrator Danny Jordan.

The federal dollars are a one-time funding source, and the program will end June 30, 2013.

— Ryan Pfeil

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