Increase the immunization rate
Why is this important to Colorado?
- Immunizations prevent an estimated 31,000 cases of vaccine preventable diseases and more than 8,600 hospitalization in Colorado each year.
- Vaccinations are safe and effective.
- Immunizations protect the person vaccinated and others.
- Immunizations save time and money for Coloradans, including an estimated saving of $400,000,000 in hospital charges each year.
- Infants have underdeveloped immune systems, leaving them most vulnerable to the devastating effects of diseases.
How do we measure success?
- Increasing the percent of kindergartners vaccinated for DTaP from 84.30 percent in June 2015 to 95 percent by 2020
- Increasing the percent of kindergartners vaccinated for MMR from 86.90 percent in June 2015 to 95 percent in 2020.
- Decreasing the percent of kindergartners exempted for 1 or more nationally recommended vaccines from 5.40 percent in Aug 2015 to 2.9 percent in 2020.
|Outcome Target||Target Date|
||Kindergarten vaccination rate- DTaP||84.30%||86.60%||86.80%||95%||2020|
||Kindergarten vaccination rate- MMR||86.90%||
||Kindergarten vaccine exemptions||5.40% (August 2015)||4.30%||3.60%||2.90%||2020|
Source: CDPHE, Kindergarten Survey
What actions are we taking?
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Education are working together to increase school compliance on kindergarten immunization data collection.
- CDPHE is collecting and posting immunization and exemption data from CO schools and child care centers to allow parents and the public access to data for decision making.
- Leveraging data and policy to improve stakeholder interests’ in the vaccination process.
- Sharing information with parents and schools on the health benefits of nationally recommended vaccines.
- Working with healthcare providers to promote awareness of practice-level immunization rates and opportunities to reduce missed vaccinations.
- Offering providers opportunities to participate in quality improvement activities aimed at increasing practice-level immunization rates