Immunization rates among Indiana’s teens are up thanks to new requirements and funding from the state’s tobacco tax. The changes also put the state in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.
From 2009 to 2010, student immunizations increased:
- 64% for Tdap
- 66% for varicella
- 70% for meningococcal disease
“This increase is in large part due to the outstanding efforts of the local health departments, physicians and school nurses who worked diligently to ensure vaccinations were up-to-date and records were accurately maintained, as well as to monitor compliance with school immunization requirements,” said Gregory Larkin, M.D., state health commissioner.
The state legislature has dedicated $11 million every year since the inception of the latest tobacco tax to provide immunization services to kids who are underinsured. Federal funds also are used in the effort.
Learn more on in.gov. See CDC resources on teen vaccines on the CDC website.