The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 27, 2012

Mankato Mayo Clinic recognized for immunization rates


The Free Press

MANKATO — The Minnesota Department of Health had recognized Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato Eastridge and Northridge for their vaccination rates for 2-year-old children. 

The clinics achieved more than 90 percent compliance for the national 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 immunization series. Eastridge and Northridge were two of only 16 Minnesota clinics recognized.

Nurses at Eastridge and Northridge monitor each child’s immunization records at ages 16 and 18 months, as well as when they come in for other appointments. If the child is behind on any immunizations, nursing staff provides the parents with information on how to get their child caught up. Children who are already at the clinic for another appointment can receive their immunizations if they are healthy enough at that time.

The immunization series is comprised of four doses of the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines; three doses of the poliovirus vaccine; one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; three doses of the haemophilius influenzae type B vaccine; three doses of the hepatitis B vaccine; one dose of the varicella (or chickenpox) vaccine; and four doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.