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Children Immunized By 24 Months

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Significance of Indicator: Immunizations reduce the spread of preventable illness and death. Low immunization rates jeopardize the public health of the community, particularly in densely populated settings.

How we are doing on this Indicator: We currently have no local data on immunization rates for Travis County or the Austin area. For the purpose of measuring this indicator, we included the current Bexar County, Texas, and national rates. According to this data, Texas ranks slightly lower than the national average for the percentage of children immunized by 24 months.

what the data tell us

Definition: The percentage of children immunized with the "4:3:1" immunizations by 24 months. The 4:3:1 immunization includes at least four doses of diptherial tetanus vaccine (DTaP), three doses of polio virus (IPV), and one dose of a measles-containing vaccine (MMR or MCV).

Data Source: National Immunization Survey, CDC, 2009

Data Considerations: The data on immunization rates is from the San Antonio area. However, the Austin rates should be comparable given the geographic proximity and demographic similarity of the two cities. Specifically, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Austin (7.1%) and San Antonio (8.1%) have similar percentages of their respective populations under the age of five.

The story behind the data

Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases and is estimated to avert over between 2 and 3 million deaths each year. It is one of the most cost-effective health investments, with proven strategies that make it accessible to even the most hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations.† Vaccine-preventable diseases have many social and economic costs: sick children miss school and can cause parents to lose time from work. These diseases also result in doctor's visits, hospitalizations, and even premature deaths.

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A closer look at the data

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Estimated Vaccination Coverage with 4:3:1 Among Children 19-35 Months of Age by Race/Ethnicity

According to the data above, vaccination coverage among children 19-35 months of age is lower among Hispanic populations.

Definition: The percentage of children immunized with the "4:3:1" immunizations by 19-35 months of age, by race/ethnicity. The 4:3:1 immunization includes at least four doses of diptherial tetanus vaccine (DTaP), three doses of polio virus (IPV), and one dose of a measles-containing vaccine (MMR or MCV).

Data Source: National Immunization Survey, CDC, 2009

Data Considerations: The data on immunization rates is from the San Antonio area. However, the Austin rates should be comparable given the geographic proximity and demographic similarity of the two cities. Specifically, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Austin (7.1%) and San Antonio (8.1%) have similar percentages of their respective populations under the age of five. Estimated vaccination coverage was not available for Black, American Indian, Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Multiple Race.

Estimated Vaccination Coverage with 4:3:1 Among Children 19-35 Months of Age Participating in WIC

Vaccination coverage is lower among children participating in WIC than the state and national average.

Definition: The percentage of children participating in WIC immunized with the "4:3:1" immunizations by 19-35 months of age. The 4:3:1 immunization includes at least four doses of diptherial tetanus vaccine (DTaP), three doses of polio virus (IPV), and one dose of a measles-containing vaccine (MMR or MCV).

Data Source: National Immunization Survey, CDC, 2009

Data Considerations: The data on immunization rates is from the San Antonio area. However, the Austin rates should be comparable given the geographic proximity and demographic similarity of the two cities. Specifically, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Austin (7.1%) and San Antonio (8.1%) have similar percentages of their respective populations under the age of five.

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