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.
Status Outcome Measure

Outcome Baseline

(June 2015)


(June 2016)


(June 2017)

Outcome Target Target Date


Kindergarten vaccination rate- DTaP 84.30% 86.60% 86.80% 95% 2020


Kindergarten vaccination rate- MMR 86.90%


(August 2016)

87.30% 95% 2020


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