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Am J Public Health. 2004 Jun;94(6):967-72.

The regional immunization registry as a public health tool for improving clinical practice and guiding immunization delivery policy.

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  • 1The Children's Hospital, 1056 E 19th Avenue, B032, Denver, CO 80218, USA. kempe.allison@tchden.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We assessed the distribution of immunization records among 3 health care delivery sectors and the impact of a regional immunization registry on "up to date" rates.

METHODS:

Immunization registry records in 2 regions were categorized as having originated in private practices, community health centers, or public health clinics. "Up to date" rates were calculated after we sequentially added immunization records from the 3 sectors.

RESULTS:

The percentage of children with immunizations documented in multiple sectors increased with age from 7 to 24 months, and children who were seen in multiple sectors were more likely to be up to date. There were relative increases in "up to date" rates of 50% for children aged 24 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

The regional immunization registry is a powerful public health tool for increasing documented "up to date" rates and providing insights into patterns of immunization delivery.

PMID:
15249300
PMCID:
PMC1448374
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