Immunization rates in children improve |

Immunization rates in children improve

Nevada Appeal Staff Report

The Nevada State Health Division has seen improvements in the state’s childhood immunization rates. The newly released 2009 U.S. National Immunization Survey. A vaccination coverage survey of children born during January 2006-June 2008 shows that Nevada’s immunization ranking improved from 47th in the nation to 45th for vaccine coverage in 19-35-month-old children.

“Though we are closing the gap in our ranking and continue to see a decrease in vaccine-preventable diseases due to our endeavors, Nevada will continue to bolster efforts to protect and immunize our children and residents,” said Christi Smith, Nevada’s immunization program manager said.

“We are seeing the positive effects of the mandatory reporting statute for the state immunization registry, WebIZ. This statute became effective on July 1, 2009, and was amended in January 2010 to require all childhood, adolescent and adult immunizations be recorded in the state immunization registry,” she said.

For more information about immunizations or the Immunization Program, go to: http://health.nv.