Public messages about the importance of immunizations and vaccinations worked in 2009. Two newly released reports from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) show Hoosiers responded when it came to vaccinating children and getting flu shots; results are encouraging.
Childhood immunizations rank high
Gregory Larkin, M.D.,
State Health Commissioner
Data from the National Immunization Survey shows more than 71 percent of Indiana children ages 19-35 months born between July 2005 and January 2008 were immunized. The finding ranks Indiana sixth in the nation for the number of children completing childhood immunizations.
“The results from this recent survey are promising and show how hard Indiana is working to protect its youngest Hoosiers through vaccination,” commented State Health Commissioner Gregory Larkin, M.D.
However, Dr. Larkin cautioned that the data show many children have not received some of the recommended vaccines.
The purpose of the survey is to monitor the immunizations of children across the country. Survey results were based on random-digit calls and mail surveys of providers.
Read more about report on the CDC web site.
ISDH summarizes the H1N1 season
Indiana may have averted a third wave of the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic, thanks to the 1.3 million vaccinations that were given, according to an ISDH report.
The final weekly surveillance report for the 2009-2010 flu season noted a total of 43 influenza-related deaths reported since June 1, 2009, of which 39 had confirmed 2009 H1N1. Other findings included:
- Since Sept. 1, 2009, 478 (98.4%) of specimens tested positive for H1N1.
- About 322,765 children between 6 months to 9 years of age received at least one dose of H1N1 vaccine, but only 107,777 children received the recommended two doses.
- More than 29 percent of Indiana’s high-risk population was vaccinated for H1N1.
“I applaud the outstanding work our local health departments did in getting the H1N1 flu vaccine out to the public,” said Dr. Larkin. “I have no doubt that many lives were saved because we pulled together so well as a state in our response.”
Health officials note that flu surveillance will continue year round to keep an eye on the H1N1 and other types of flu.