Why is this important?
- Children who are not immunized are at risk for contracting preventable diseases, many of which have serious post-infection consequences including blindness, deafness, mental retardation, and death.
- The baseline for “fully immunized” is 4:3:1 (DTP, Polio, and MMR by 24 months).
How are we doing?
- The North Central Valley Region (San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Sacramento Counties) has the lowest full immunization rate in California.
- In the North Central Valley Region more than one-quarter (28%) of children have not been fully immunized by age 2.
Data Source: California Department of Public Health Kindergarten Retrospective Survey 2010