With school back in full swing, it won’t be long before parents start seeing report cards. While report cards may reflect a child’s performance on class tests and quizzes, grades alone can not determine if a child is working hard to reach their full potential. When it comes to immunizations, yearly vaccination coverage data is often used in much the same way. A report is made that estimates the previous year’s vaccination coverage, but the data needs to be put in perspective in order to be put to good use.
When it comes to vaccination coverage among young children in the US, the yearly National Immunization Survey is the ultimate benchmark. Year after year data sets are compiled and used for ongoing analysis of vaccination levels, pointing to successes and shortfalls. These reports help us to determine where we’ve been and where we’re headed.
This year’s 2013 “report card” for children 19-35…
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