Strategic Goal By 2015, at least 80% of two-year-old children in Maricopa County will be up-to-date with all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Why this is Important:
Immunization is considered to be one of the most important interventions available for preventing serious diseases among infants and children. Many childhood diseases can be prevented and on-going good health can be achieved by ensuring that children receive the proper immunizations. Children who receive immunizations are protected from dangerous childhood diseases such as mumps, polio, and tetanus. The positive effects of receiving the immunizations are felt throughout a community, from the school system, to the work environment, as well as in home life. This goal is aimed at improving the overall well-being of infants and children in Maricopa County by increasing the annual immunization rate.
How Maricopa County government influences this goal:
Maricopa County has a limited influence on the childhood immunization rate. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health operates three immunization clinics for children ages 0 years up to their 19th birthday, and provides resources and information for health professionals. Other county programs, such as Head Start in the Human Services Department, utilized outreach efforts to parents and families to encourage keeping children up-to-date on their immunizations.
How progress is measured:
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