Goal: All children in Saginaw County will have 100% of recommended immunizations by three years of age.
The percentage of children aged 19-35 months with complete 4:3:1:3:3:1 immunization records (2005-2011).
Why This Indicator is Important
Childhood immunizations can prevent disability and death from infectious diseases for individuals and can help control the spread of infections within communities. Many diseases that were once common such as polio, diphtheria, and measles, have either been eliminated from the Western Hemisphere or occur at record lows.
How Are We Doing?
The Immunization rate for Saginaw County has remained above Michigan averages. The averages in the county have fluctuated but rates seem to be declining since 2007. The state is also experiencing a sharp decline (72.4% in 2007 to 60.9% in 2009) for persons 19-35 months who are vaccinated, but since 2010 has increased its average to be equal to Saginaw in 2011 (74%).
How Can You Have An Impact?
- Educate parents about having their children immunized according to the recommended schedule available at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/child-schedule.htm
- Encourage parents to know their children’s immunization status. Every visit to a health care provider is an opportunity to update a child’s immunization status with needed vaccinations.