As sufficient data becomes available over the next few years, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will make the 19 dose series the new standard.
15 dose series = current standard
- 73.5% of Washington's toddlers 19 - 35 months old get the right immunizations at the right time.
- Between 2007 and 2008, Washington's rates increased by 4.5% while the national average dipped slightly by 1.3%.
- As Washington has improved at a greater pace than the national average overall, the gap between the two has closed to within 2.6%.
- Rate increase of 21.6% since 2002 have been helped by our outreach to families, partnerships with stakeholders, and a focus on using the CHILD Profile registry.
19 dose series = upcoming standard
- Adds 4 doses of the newer pneumoccocal vaccine to the 15 dose series. The 19 dose series will replace the 15 dose as the gold standard once the CDC determines that the pneumococcal vaccine has had sufficient time to be accepted.
- 67.3% of Washington's toddlers 19 - 35 months old are current for this series.
- Between 2007 and 2008, Washington's rate increased 2.7% while the national average increased by 2.0%.
- Primarily because of Washington's good coverage of pneumococcal vaccine, our 19 dose series rate is tracking closer to the national average than when the 15 dose series began.
- As children reach kindergarten, more are fully immunized.
- The state 2009-2011 biennial operating budget ends state funding for the purchase of all recommended childhood vaccines by May 1, 2010.
Washington State Kindergarten entry immunization rates.
Key Action Items
To raise awareness of the importance of immunizations in protecting public health, the Department of Health is partnering with stakeholders such as Group Health Cooperative, the Washington Chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics, and the Washington Health Foundation to develop and implement marketing strategies aimed at encouraging parents to immunize on-time.