Each year the Utah Immunization Program conducts statewide immunization assessments among two-year-old children in each of the local health department clinics. Site visits and immunization assessments of private providers enrolled in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program are also conducted. This data is used to determine current immunization levels, assist public and private immunization providers improve their delivery of immunization services, and subsequently, prevent vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks.
Coverage levels are determined by assessing the basic childhood immunization series, commonly referred to as the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series: 4 DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis), 3 Polio, 1 MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), 3 Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), 3 Hepatitis B vaccines, and 1 Chickenpox vaccine.
The Utah Immunization Program uses a computer software program called CoCASA (Comprehensive Clinic Assessment Software Application) to determine immunization levels. The CoCASA software is available free of charge from the National Immunization Program and is available to conduct self-assessments.
National childhood immunization coverage levels in 2011 revealed that 77% of the nation's two-year-old children received the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series compared to 71.1% of Utah's children.
The Utah Immunization Program, along with public and private immunization providers, will continue to monitor immunization levels in Utah's children and implement strategies to help improve them.
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