In 2017, Colorado ranked 23rd among U.S. states for childhood immunizations, with 29 percent of children under-immunized at 36 months of age. Over 9,400 Colorado children were treated for vaccine-preventable diseases in a hospital or emergency department, resulting in $55.5 million in charges. That’s according to an independent report released today by Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) and the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC). The report, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado’s Children, also finds that the prevalence of free-or-reduced lunch eligible students and Medicaid enrollment are indicators of high immunization rates at the local level.
Prepared by pediatricians and researchers from the Department of Epidemiology at Children’s Colorado, the report provides an analysis of the state of health of Colorado’s children based on the most recent National Immunization Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Hospital Association inpatient and emergency department data and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data. The first of three anticipated reports, the February installment of the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado’s Children report examines 2017 data on vaccine-preventable diseases in Colorado, highlights the latest updates involving measles in our and other states, and underscores opportunities to decrease barriers to vaccination and improve rates. Findings show that, despite incremental improvement, there remain significant gaps in protection for Colorado’s children.
Read more in the Feb. 4 press release.