October 6, 2016

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Kansas Immunization Program Receives National Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Topeka, Kan. - The Kansas Immunization Program was honored at the National Immunization Conference in Atlanta as one of three recipients of the Healthy People 2010 Immunization Coverage Award for Most Improved Coverage Among Children.

Kansas received the award for achieving the most improved average in coverage rates for nine vaccinations among children aged 19 – 35 months from 2012 to 2015. This award recognizes the efforts made by healthcare workers across the state who promote and provide vaccines. It is the combined effort of many local health departments, pediatricians, family practitioners, mid-level providers, community health centers, school nurses, private practice nurses and support staff who make these accomplishments possible.

The criteria for the award was an average of the coverage rates for each of the nine vaccinations included in the Healthy People 2020 award (4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, Hib full series, 3 HepB, 1 Var, 4 PCV, 1 HepA, and Rotavirus full series).  The award is given to programs with the highest improvement in average coverage from the baseline to the most current year. The 2016 awards use the 2015 and 2012 (baseline) NIS-Child data.

The National Immunization Survey (NIS)-Child is the data source for determining awards for children ages 19-35 months. Coverage rates are determined by a telephone survey conducted in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia (DC), the five local areas that receive VFC/317 immunization cooperative agreement funding, and other selected large city/county areas and territories. After completing household interviews, respondents are asked for permission to contact all immunization providers they identified in the interview. Only children with adequate provider information to determine vaccination status are included in the calculation of the final estimate. Results are weighted to account for non-response, houses without landline or cellular telephones, and other factors. The weights make the survey data representative of all U.S. children 19-35 months. Starting in 2011, the NIS included a dual landline and cell telephone sampling frame. The most recent NIS-Child data is scheduled for release in October.