Health Department Releases the 2017 Schools Immunization Reports
(Des Moines, IA) – The Polk County Health Department has released the 2017 edition of the Polk County Schools Immunization Reports. These reports contain information from immunization audits conducted in each public and non-public school within Polk County between October – December 2017.
“Our school immunization reports show that overall our immunization rates remain high,” said Helen Eddy, Polk County Health Department Director. “However, the number of children who were not fully immunized- even if they had a valid, legal reason for not being immunized- remains much higher that it was as recently as 2010.”
According to the latest immunization report, the overall number of Polk County students not fully immunized was 3.2% (2,751) of the students enrolled in a Polk County schools. In 2016, the percentage was 3.4% of enrolled students (2,930 students). The percentage of not fully vaccinated enrolled students in 2010 was 2.1% (1,634 students). In comparison with 2010, the number of not fully vaccinated students has increased by 68.4%.
The Polk County Immunization Reports highlight the number of vaccination exemptions and certificates of students enrolled in Polk County schools and the level of risk by school in case of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak. They also provide an overview of immunization trends among of districts and schools in the county.
These reports also provide a series of recommendations that can be put in practice to minimize potential risk of outbreaks. These recommendations include promoting vaccination among employees, encouraging families to vaccine their children, promoting methods to decrease transmission, reducing provisional certificates, and promoting monitoring for outbreaks.
Copies of the reports together with an online map and additional resources are available at our website: www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health/reports-data/school-immunization-reports/
For inquiries or comments regarding the content presented in the immunization reports, contact our Childhood Immunization Program at (515) 286-3798 or firstname.lastname@example.org