The National Immunization Program within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a set of guidelines for the development of systems or registries for the collection and assessment of immunization data.
In addition, the CDC has given the states the objective of ensuring that at least 90% of children under the age of two and 95% of children under the age of 18 are adequately immunized. These guidelines were developed to address the areas that the CDC felt were the greatest obstacles to reach this objective, including:
- Incomplete records due to fragmentation of healthcare delivery
- Large and cumbersome files of paper records
- Difficulties in assessing immunization needs due to complex and dynamic immunization schedules
Major healthcare organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, the American Association of Health Plans and the American Public Health Association, have endorsed immunization registries as an important tool in the delivery of vaccine.
- CDC’s recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents: Clinical Practice Guidelines
- Information on the State of Indiana’s immunization registry