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WISCONSIN IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH COMPLIANCE RATES AMONG
MADISON—The state's Division of Public Health (DPH) received the 2012
national award for Highest Childhood Immunization Coverage from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by achieving an 84
percent immunization coverage rate among children aged 19 to 35 months,
according to state officials.
"This award is a tribute to the public and private health care
providers in Wisconsin that go the extra mile to help children stay on the
recommended immunization schedule, and to parents, for protecting children
from serious vaccine preventable diseases," said Dr. Henry Anderson,
State Health Officer. "Thanks to this collaborative effort, Wisconsin
immunization rates are consistently high compared with the national
average as measured by the National Immunization Survey (NIS)."
The award recognized the state for its high compliance rate for a
specific series of vaccines recommended by the CDC's Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP), which includes vaccines to prevent
diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliovirus infections, measles, mumps and
rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, varicella (chickenpox), pneumococcal disease,
and haemophilus influenzae (Hib) disease. This year's award criteria
excluded Hib vaccine data because of a vaccine shortage during the July
2010 to June 2011 award time period.
The state's immunization program assists local health departments,
physicians and other clinicians, school districts and other state and
community partners to increase awareness of immunization requirements,
health benefits and outbreak control measures, and maintains state
immunization compliance data.
DPH officials were presented with the award at the national
Immunization Program Managers meeting that took place February 1st to
February 3rd in Atlanta, Georgia.
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February 09, 2012