Improving School Entry Immunization Rates in a Rural New York County
This quality improvement (QI) initiative was to improve the immunization rate of schools in Sullivan County, New York, for children entering kindergarten at all schools. Baseline data indicated that immunization rates among schools in the county ranged from 15.4% to 90%. A parent survey indicated that lack of a health care provider was a major contributor to children not receiving immunizations, and through meetings with schools, it was discovered that private schools did not always understand the state requirements for immunizations. Interventions included reaching out to parents of children in targeted schools, increasing the availability of immunization clinics, and educating parents and school nurses. At the end of the intervention, preliminary data demonstrated improved immunization rates in all schools, with percent increases ranging from 7.3% to 83% and immunization rates ranging from 75% to 100%.
Ryan, C. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. Improving School Entry Immunization Rates in a Rural New York County. Tue, 02/28/2017 - 15:29. Available at http://phqix.org/content/improving-school-entry-immunization-rates-rural-new-york-county. Accessed April 20, 2021.