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The Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and Exchange program recently awarded Sheridan’s Ruby Valley Clinic a certificate of achievement in recognition of the clinic’s 86 percent immunization coverage rate.

The Assessment, Feedback, Incentives and Exchange program is a childhood immunization evaluation process conducted by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The program provides continuous quality improvement evaluations designed specifically for immunizations.

The objective of the AFIX program is to have every child in Montana fully immunized before their third birthday. Clinics must have at least 11 children in order to qualify for the assessment.

Last year was the first year that the Ruby Valley Clinic could participate in the assessment because it previously did not meet the minimum number of children to qualify.

According to Greg Holzman, state medical officer, 86 percent of the Ruby Valley Clinic’s 14 children, ranging in ages from 24 to 36 months, have received vaccinations for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, polio, influenza, hepatitis B, varicella and strep.

The Ruby Valley Clinic’s vaccination manager, Rachel Rossiter, will accept the award on behalf of the clinic at the Immunization Regional Workshop April 25 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

“It’s nice to have the state doing the legwork to collect the statistical data for us, then providing goals and rewards,” says Rossiter.

The Clinic now has 18 kids in this age category and 89 percent met the vaccination guidelines as of the latest assessment.

Rossiter feels that the vaccination record was a contributing factor for Madison County being ranked the healthiest county in the state of Montana.

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