In 2013, Colorado ranked 45th among U.S. states for childhood immunizations, with over 27.9 percent of children under-immunized at 36 months of age and 538 Colorado children hospitalized with vaccine-preventable diseases resulting in $29.2 million in hospital charges. That’s according to an independent report released today by the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) and Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado). The report, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado’s Children, also finds that vaccines have proven to be safe and effective in Colorado. In 2013, vaccination prevented nearly 31,000 cases of vaccine-preventable disease in Colorado children and over $440 million in hospitalization charges.
Prepared annually by James Gaensbauer, MD, Carl Armon, PhD, and James Todd, MD, from the Department of Epidemiology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, the report provides an analysis of the state of health of Colorado’s children based on the most recent National Immunization Survey (NIS), Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) inpatient data and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) data. The report examines vaccination rates, hospitalizations, costs and savings associated with vaccine-preventable disease in children. Findings show that there are significant gaps in vaccinating Colorado’s children, despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe and effective.
Read more in the Feb. 5 press release.