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Why School Vaccination Assessments are Important

School vaccination assessment is a local-level data reporting system implemented as part of state or local school vaccination requirements. States and local areas put school vaccination requirements in place to minimize the risk from vaccine-preventable diseases. School vaccination requirements help safeguard children and adolescents by making sure they are protected when they get to school, where potential for vaccine-preventable disease transmission is higher.

School vaccination assessments identify pockets of under-vaccinated students. The local school and classroom level data can be used by schools and health departments to ensure high vaccination coverage and to help during a response to an epidemic, identify those students most at risk of disease, allowing them to be vaccinated and protected.

State immunization programs report aggregate school vaccination assessment data to CDC. The aggregate data are used to assess vaccination coverage and monitor the Healthy People 2020 vaccination coverage objective for vaccination coverage levels for children in kindergarten.