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Head Start
Immunization Levels in Indiana
2004-2005 School year

Data in this report was collected from 83 Head Start facilities
throughout Indiana and compiled by the Indiana State
Department of Health’s Immunization Program.

Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.

State Health Commissioner
Judith A. Monroe, M.D.

Indiana State Department of Health
Judith A. Monroe, M.D., State Health Commissioner
Sue Uhl, J.D., Deputy State Health Commissioner

Community and Family Health Services Commission
Vacant, 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: 03/2005


All licensed child care centers in Indiana must submit an immunization report to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on a yearly basis as required by 470 IAC 3-4.1-12. The data received from the 2004-2005 Head Start facility immunization report is summarized in this report.

Data is presented for the age range assessed, 2 to 5 year old children. To be considered complete, a 2 to 5 year old child enrolled in Head Start in Indiana must have received age-appropriate vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Immunizations against varicella (chickenpox) and hepatitis b are not required for enrollment in a Head Start facility in Indiana, but are verified in the immunization report submitted to ISDH.


  • A total of 83 Head Start facilities reported data on 5,889 children enrolled in their facilities.
  • Of the Head Start facilities in Indiana that reported immunization data, 63 (75.9%) of the facilities reported overall completion levels greater than 90% for their enrollees.
  • Ninety-one percent of children enrolled in Head Start facilities in Indiana have completed their immunizations according to state requirements.

Table 1. Summary results of Head Start immunization assessments, 1999-2000 to 2004-2005 school years, Indiana.

# reporting  sites
(# not reporting)
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%
2003 - 2004 86 (16) 5,879 5,375 91%
2004 - 2005 83 (17) 5,889 5,354 91%
* Vaccine shortage experience during the 2002-2003 assessment year


  • Head Start facilities are recognized for their efforts to maintain immunization coverage rates above 90 percent.
  • The seventeen sites who neglected to report immunization rates to ISDH failed to comply with 470 IAC 3-4.1-12. These sites need to make sure to report their immunization rates to ISDH in a timely manner for next year’s assessment

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