San Bernardino's Registry Improves On-Time Immunizations
- Annual birth cohort: 30,000
- Geographic area: County of San Bernardino, Calif.
- Legislation: 1995 state law permits sharing of registry information among registries and health care providers; 1998 amendment permits sharing of a limited data set with schools, child care facilities, WIC, and health plans
- Percentage of immunizations given in private sector: 8085 percent
- Other sources of funding: State, local, local community-based organizations
Getting Shots on Time
Children are receiving their shots on time in San Bernardino County, Calif., as a result of implementing the immunization registry with its reminder/recall function. The San Bernardino registry conducted a study on the average age in months for children completing either selected immunizations or series completion before and after implementation of their registry. The registry had a major impact on the average age at which a child receives the MMR vaccine, a one-dose shot due at 12 to 15 months of age. In 1992, the average age for receiving an MMR vaccine was 33 months. In 1999, after the implementation of the registry and the reminder/recall function, which returns children to their providers for immunizations (and most likely other well-child services); the average age was 13 months. A clear correlation was established: the more recent the birth cohort, the earlier the age in months in which that cohort received immunizations.
GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION
San Bernardino (Calif.) All Kids Count II Project
County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health (San Bernardino, CA)
Dates: February 1998 to May 2000
Thomas J. Prendergast, M.D.
Program Director: David A. Ross, Sc.D.
Former Program Director: William H. Foege, M.D., M.P.H. (December 1991 through July 1997)
Former Program Director: William C. Watson, Jr., M.P.A. (August 1997 through July 2001)