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In pandemic, parents who get reminders more likely to get kids vaccinated
Date:11/18/2013

Department of Community Health has invested significant amounts of time and resources to establish and maintain MCIR, which is one of the best immunization registries in the country.

"MDCH officials recognized the importance of being able to identify these high-risk kids in the event of a severe influenza season, so as a consequence, MCIR was ready when the H1N1 pandemic hit in 2009," he says. "All kids 6 months and older should receive flu vaccine each season, but those with chronic conditions are considered priority cases during pandemics or times of vaccine shortages."

In 2005, MDCH began using administrative claims from the state's Medicaid program to identify children with chronic health conditions. This unique approach makes Michigan a national leader in this type of proactive approach to protecting children at high risk for influenza-related complications, Dombkowski says. "It's a model that most other states could follow."


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Contact: Mary Masson
mfmasson@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
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