School Immunization Record Review Project
Children attending public schools in Washington State are being exempted from important immunizations that prevent the spread of disease. Children without all the necessary immunizations required to attend school must present a signed Certificate of Exemption (COE) to attend school. The exemption rate for grades K–12 in Spokane County for the 2008–09 school year was 7.4%, compared to 5.7% for the state. This equates to approximately 5,300 students in Spokane County with an exemption to some or all immunizations required for school entry. Out of all 36 counties in Washington, Spokane had the 10th-highest exemption rate for the 2008–09 school year. By increasing vaccination rates and decreasing exemption rates, there will be less spread of diseases among Spokane’s children and the wider community.
This quality improvement project was conducted in the first half of 2010. Since then, additional funding has been awarded to continue this work through 2014.
Siahaya, K. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. School Immunization Record Review Project. Fri, 03/29/2013 - 19:30. Available at http://phqix.org/content/school-immunization-record-review-project. Accessed September 26, 2020.