WIC Immunization Referral Process


Impact Statement: 
The local health department increased the number of infants and children receiving needed vaccines as part of a WIC visit, rather than referring them to another site and potentially losing that opportunity to protect them from getting a preventable disease or transmitting a vaccine-preventable disease to others in the community.

The purpose of this quality improvement (QI) project was to increase the number of children who present with vaccination needs that receive these vaccines on the same day as WIC services. Initial data collection indicated that infants and children receiving WIC services had incomplete vaccination rates as high as 68%. By improving the knowledge and motivation of WIC staff regarding immunization requirements and providing a full Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR; immunization database) printout, immunization rates rose significantly. Over a 6-month period, St. Clair County increased by more than 50% the number of WIC infants and children who received immunizations during the same WIC visit.

Organization that conducted the QI initiative: 
St. Clair County Health Department

Sturgis, M. Public Health Quality Improvement Exchange. WIC Immunization Referral Process. Thu, 12/27/2012 - 12:46. Available at https://phqix.org/content/wic-immunization-referral-process. Accessed April 14, 2024.

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