School Immunization Percentages

Instructions

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Kindergarten Immunization Percentages

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6th Grade Immunization Percentages

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Introduction

Immunizations are Public Health’s number one success story; with elimination of some diseases such as smallpox and diphtheria and major decreases of many childhood illnesses.  Unfortunately this success has lead some parents to think that immunizations are no longer necessary and/or pose a health risk. Declining vaccination rates have seen a resurgence of measles, mumps and whooping cough (pertussis).

Analysis (March 2018)

In 2016 more than 95% of children enrolled in kindergarten received the required immunizations in all our counties except Casey and Pulaski, where the percentages where 90% or less. Green and Cumberland counties also had low rates for MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella).

For 6th grade requirements, all counties had 95% or higher compliance for 2 MMRs and 2 Varicella vaccines. Cumberland and Taylor Counties had 52% and 86% compliance respectively for Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis); all other counties were above 95%. Meningoccocal vaccination percentages were not high, with majority of counties reaching only 80%, except for Casey at 76% and Cumberland at 48%. All counties had high levels of 3 Hepatitis B vaccination rates except for Taylor Co which was at 91%.

Discussion

Wayne and Russell counties had consistently high immunization percentages, reaching or just below 100%. Higher or equal to 95% immunization compliance is required for herd immunity to exist; meaning the 5% who are not immunized are protected when 95% are vaccinated as viruses are not able to circulate effectively. Compliance is especially important for Tdap as outbreaks of whooping cough have occurred in counties with low immunization rates, placing young infants not yet immunized at great jeopardy.

Special immunization campaigns may help to increase immunization rates in Casey, Cumberland, Pulaski and Taylor counties.