JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi is now the national leader – ranked No. 1 – in immunizations for children 19-35 months of age, according to 2009-2010 data released by the National Immunization Survey (NIS). Mississippi was also named "most improved." For the 2008-2009 year, Mississippi ranked 18th.
With an average immunization rate of 81.1 percent for the major childhood vaccinations for children 19-35 months of age (including DTaP, Polio, MMR, and other recommended vaccinations), Mississippi exceeded the national average rate of 71.5 percent. The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) gives about 40 percent of all childhood vaccinations, while private providers throughout the state give about 60 percent.
"We focus on making sure each child has the best possible protection against vaccine-preventable diseases," said MSDH State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier. "Our immunization nurses in health department clinics and health care providers - especially pediatricians and family practitioners - across the state have been essential in achieving this goal."
Dr. Currier said new tools such as the MSDH statewide Immunization Registry also help MSDH track when vaccinations are due for children, and help notify parents with reminders and recalls. Providers of immunizations record vaccines administered in the statewide Immunization Registry. Records for most children are available for parents and qualified professionals.
The NIS is a telephone survey conducted in each of the 50 states, in the six cities that receive Section 317 immunization grant funding, and in other selected large city/county areas.
Video: State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier on Childhood Immunizations
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