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Nathan Littauer Hospital recognized for vaccine coverage

GLOVERSVILLE — Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home was recently recognized for a high rate of Hepatitis B vaccination of newborns, according to a hospital news release.

The Immunization Action Coalition included Littauer on its honor roll for a reported coverage rate of over 90 percent from April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2019.

“We educate new parents on the importance of vaccinating their children,” said Krista Sheils, a registered nurse and assistant manager of maternal child health. “We all work very hard, and we’re glad to provide the best care possible for our babies.”

On July 16, 2013, the IAC launched the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll program. The program recognizes birthing centers and hospitals that have achieved high coverage rates for administering Hepatitis B vaccines to newborns.

The Honor Roll is a key part of IAC’s major initiative urging the nation’s hospitals to Give Birth to the End of Hep B. The initiative urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll online.

To be included in the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, a birthing institution must have reported a coverage rate of 90 percent or greater, over a 12-month period, for administering hepatitis B vaccine before hospital discharge to all newborns, including those whose parents refuse vaccination, and implemented specific written policies, procedures, and protocols to protect all newborns from hepatitis B virus infection before hospital discharge.

Honorees are also awarded an 8.5-by-11-inch color certificate suitable for framing and their acceptance is announced to IAC Express’s approximately 51,000 readers. For any questions regarding vaccinations of newborns, contact Sheils at (518) 775-4061 or via email ksheils@nlh.org.

“This award not only represents how much we care for our babies, but vaccinations put our babies’ best feet forward – even if they’re being carried,” said Cheryl McGrattan, vice president of marketing and communications.

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