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Notice to Readers: Immunization Registry Standards of Excellence in Support of Core Immunization Program Strategies

Progress continues to be made in achieving the national health objective for 2010 of increasing to 95% the proportion of children aged <6 years in a fully operational population-based immunization registry (1). Approximately 44% of children are registry participants (2). Much of the developmental focus of these confidential tracking systems has been on identifying and achieving minimum technical capabilities, such as ensuring data security and confidentiality, timely data access, and standardized data exchange.

In 2001, to ensure that immunization registries can support required core immunization program activity areas, CDC, the American Immunization Registry Association, and the Association of Immunization Managers formed the Programmatic Registry Operations Workgroup (PROW). Standards of excellence were written to specify how registries can support vaccine management, provider quality assurance, service delivery, consumer information, vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, and vaccination coverage assessment. In February 2003, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee endorsed these efforts. Additional information about these standards of excellence is available at http://www.immregistries.org/pdf/prowstandardscomp1.pdf.

References

  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy people 2010, 2nd ed. With understanding and improving health and objectives for improving health (2 vols.). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.
  2. William G. Population Based Immunization Registries: Improving Reporting from Primary Sources. Testimony before the National Committee of Vital and Health Statistics National Health Information Infrastructure Workgroup, April 2003.



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