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Head Start
Immunization Levels in Indiana
2002-2003 School year

Data in this report was collected from 90 Head Start facilities
throughout Indiana and compiled by the Indiana State
Department of Health’s Immunization Program.

Frank L. O'Bannon

State Health Commissioner
Gregory A. Wilson, M.D.

Indiana State Department of Health
Gregory A. Wilson, M.D., State Health Commissioner
M. Elizabeth Carroll, J.D., Deputy State Health Commissioner

Community and Family Health Services Commission
Wendy Gettelfinger, R.N., D.N.S., J.D., Assistant Commissioner

Immunization Program
Michael Runau, M.S., Program Director
Charlene Graves, M.D., Medical Director

Primary Author
Megan Steiger, M.P.H., Epidemiologist

Immunization Program
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Published: 07/2003


As required by 470 IAC 3-4.1-12, all licensed child care centers in Indiana must submit immunization reports to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on an annual basis. The data from the 2002-2003 Head Start facility immunization assessment is summarized in this report.

Although assessments are required only once per year, it is of utmost importance that upon enrollment, each facility inform parents as to which vaccines are required and give them a reasonable time frame for bringing their child(ren) “up-to-date”. To be considered complete, a child must have age-appropriately received vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Although immunizations against varicella (chicken pox) and hepatitis b are not required for enrollment in child care facilities in Indiana, coverage levels for these vaccines were reported and are shown in the Immunization Status Report.


Table 1. Summary results of Head Start immunization assessments, 1995-96 to 2002-2003 school years, Indiana.
# reporting sites
(# not reporting)
1995-96 152 (17) 8,734 7,710 88%
1996-97 152 (6) 8,754 8,008 91%
1997-98 139 (21) 7,032 6,423 91%
1998-99 142 (22) 7,741 6,990 90%
1999-2000 161 (14) 8,609 7,330 85%
2000-2001 158 (25) 8,080 7,008 87%
2001-2002 125 (4) 7,537 6,841 91%
2002 - 2003 90 (12) 6,734 5,646 84%


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