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School Immunization Levels in Indiana

2006-2007 School year

Data in this report was collected from 1,833 schools
in Indiana and compiled by the Indiana State
Department of Health’s Immunization Program.

Indiana State Department of Health
Judith A. Monroe, M.D., State Health Commissioner
Mary L. Hill, J.D., B.S.N., Deputy State Health Commissioner

Community and Family Health Services Commission
Loren Robertson, MS, R.E.H.S., Assistant Commissioner

Immunization Division
Amanda Mizell, M.B.A., Program Director
Charlene Graves, M.D., Medical Director

Primary Author
Kristin Ryker, MPH, Epidemiologist

Immunization Program
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian
Indianapolis , IN 46204
Published: 11/2007


Preface

As required by IC 20-34-4-6, all schools in Indiana are required to self-report immunization coverage levels of their kindergarten, first grade, and sixth grade students to the immunization program at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) by November 1 of each year.  The data from the 2006-2007 school immunization assessment is summarized in this report. 

Highlights

  • A total of 1,833 schools (85.7%) reported complete data on 255,346 kindergarten, first grade, and sixth grade students enrolled in schools across Indiana.

  • Ninety-four percent of public schools and sixty-eight percent of private schools reported complete immunization data for the 2006-2007 school year.

  • Ninety-six percent of students enrolled at reporting schools completed the immunizations necessary according to state requirements, an increase of five percentage points from the previous assessment year.

Table 1. Summary results of Indiana School immunization assessments, 2000-2001 to 2006-2007 school years

School Year # reporting sites
(# not reporting)
# students # complete % complete
2000-2001*
2,225 (563)
422,016
390,859
93%
2001-2002*
2,433 (142)
470,193
425,533
90%
2002-2003▲
1,945 (210)
283,013
238,543
84%
2003-2004‡
1,823 (376)
255,992
240,179
94%
2004-2005‡
1,842 (339)
251,243
239,151
95%
2005-2006‡
1,846 (298)
265,906‹–›
241,208‹–›
91%‹–›
2006-2007‡
1,833 (305)
255,346‹–›
245,554‹–›
96%‹–›

 

*2000-2001 and 2001-2002 school year includes: Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, sixth grade, and newly entered students.
▲2002-2003 school year includes: kindergarten, first grade, and sixth grade (vaccine shortage experienced during 2002-2003 school year).
‡2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007 school years include: kindergarten, first grade, and sixth grade students
‹–› Data reported for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years may not be a true reflection of school immunization levels due to inaccurate submission of rates by facilities. Only facilities reporting complete data were included in the analysis.

 

Recommendations and Conclusions

  • Schools reporting immunization data to the Indiana State Department of Health need to take extra care in ensuring the data that they report is accurate by validating the results before submission and checking for typing errors prior to submitting electronic data.

  • Schools experiencing low immunization rates need to proactively engage parents about the importance of immunizations for the purposes of preventing disease. Assistance in how to communicate with parents may be available through local health departments or by calling the ISDH field representative for respective regions.

  • Required immunizations for school children can change each school year. Schools need to remain up-to-date on the immunization requirements and can find regularly updated information at http://www.in.gov/isdh/index_school_info.htm.