Public Provider Immunization Assessments in Indiana
2000 Assessment Results
Regular assessments of immunization practices can be helpful to providers in developing means of improving immunization coverage levels.
Non-health department immunization providers' immunization rates should improve with continued efforts at education, training and repeated assessments.
Continued efforts need to be made to eliminate the drop-out rate between the first and final doses of individual vaccines, particularly for the hepatitis B and DTaP vaccines.
Implementation and diligent use of reminder and recall systems are essential for improving the single antigen and vaccination series coverage levels among a provider's active patient population.
Increasing parents' awareness of the importance of bringing the shot record cards of their children will aid in the documentation of immunizations administered by other providers, thereby improving what may be artificially low coverage levels and reduce administration of unneeded vaccine.
Improvements in documentation of vaccination will lead to more accurate reporting of coverage levels and will more clearly show which areas of immunization practices need more intense focus to help raise coverage levels statewide.