Immunization in Colorado: 2019 Fact Sheet
CCIC has compiled a snapshot of state-level facts and figures as a quick reference tool offering insight into Colorado’s immunization coverage, disease risk and burden, vaccination policy, and resources and suggestions for acting to improve immunization access and coverage rates. This comprehensive overview highlights key data related to immunization, exemption and compliance rates, as well as the burden and costs associated with various vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) experienced in our state. Please feel free to share this among your colleagues, parents, patients and the community as a reminder of the importance of maintaining high vaccination rates to prevent serious and costly disease.
Immunity Community Honor Roll: Recognition of Schools With High Immunization Coverage
Using data from the 2018-19 school year reported by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, CCIC is recognizing schools that report exceptional vaccination rates through the Immunity Community Honor Roll. For a school to achieve “gold status”, and therefore be listed on the Immunity Community Honor Roll, it must report vaccination rates at or above 95% for DTaP, HepB, MMR, Polio and Varicella and 80% for Tdap for schools that that have 6th grade or higher, when Tdap is required. For a school district to be listed on the honor roll, all schools in the district must achieve gold status. Only 31 school districts in Colorado (18%) achieved gold status. See more information on the Immunity Community Honor Roll fact sheet and contact us for more information.
Data Dashboards: Potential Impact of Measles Outbreaks on Colorado Schools
An increase in the number of measles cases in the U.S. over the past few years has highlighted the importance of preparing for the impact of a potential measles outbreak in the school setting. Measles is a highly contagious disease and it is important to know which students need to be excluded from school to protect them from exposure to the virus, and to prevent further transmission to other children. Understanding the magnitude of the number of students at risk allows schools to better prepare for an outbreak. In response to requests from local public health and school districts for this information, CCIC created a tool to demonstrate the potential impact across Colorado counties and school districts. These dashboards can be used to look up the percent and number of students that would be potentially excluded from attending school at the county and school-district level. Statewide, nearly 50,000 Colorado students would potentially be excluded from school for up to 21 days in the case of a measles outbreak.
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado's Children Report - September 2019 (Volume 2)
Prepared by pediatricians and researchers from the department of Epidemiology at Children’s Colorado, the report provides an analysis of the state of immunization in Colorado based on hospital and emergency department data from the Colorado Hospital Association and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The second report in a series this year, the September installment provides the latest update on local and national preventable disease outbreaks and highlights immunization data from 2018-19 and its implications for health and safety in Colorado’s schools and child care facilities. It also examines immunization views reported by Denver religious leaders and underscores the potential economic savings of increased influenza vaccination.
2018-2019 School District Immunization Fact Sheets
The 2018-2019 School District Immunization Fact Sheets and supplemental online dashboards provide local level data on childhood immunization coverage to help each Colorado school district understand its level of community protection and highlight successes and opportunities for improvement. Additionally, each fact sheet provides an overview of statewide Colorado vaccination and vaccine-preventable disease information, information on the importance of vaccination, and ways schools, public health and the community can partner to safeguard protection from vaccine-preventable disease.
Refugee and Immigrant School Health Immunization Training
CCIC formed the Colorado Refugee and Immigrant Immunization Task Force to identify and address barriers to immunization delivery and uptake among refugee and immigrant populations across the state. This 20-minute, on-demand training aims to support school nurses and other school health personnel in ensuring refugee and immigrant students are up to date on school-required vaccinations.
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado's Children Report - February 2019 (Volume 1)
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.
Implementing the 16-Year-Old Immunization Visit: A How-To Tool for Health Care Practices
The Adolescent Immunization Intiative (AII) is a consortium of health care providers from multiple disciplines collaborating to raise immunization rates among older adolescents by establishing an immunization platform visit at 16 years of age. This fact sheet is intended to further help raise awareness of the adolescent 16-year-old immunization platform and provide practical implementation strategies for practices. Learn more about the rationale for the 16-year-old platform visit and access additional resources at www.16yearoldvisit.org.