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New Report from Children's Hospitals and Clinics Shows Vaccination Rates Declining among Minnesota Children
Date:3/8/2011

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Recommendations to Improve Vaccination Rates

While immunization issues are complex, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has outlined several ways to get Minnesota back on track.

  • Immunization registries. All clinics in Minnesota should use MIIC, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection, so that there is a centralized repository of information to help health care providers keep track of a child's immunization history, especially when they change clinics.
  • Increase "up-to-date" immunization status for all Minnesota children. This would entail promoting on-time vaccination through the immunization schedule, making sure parents bring children in for well-child exams and vaccinations and reminding providers to reduce "missed opportunities" to vaccinate.
  • Enhance communication with parents and providers. Better communications with patients and providers about the importance of vaccines will go a long way to dispel myths and misconceptions about their dangers. We must help prepare our pediatricians to bring up and answer concerns about vaccines.

The full report can be found at www.childrensmn.org/checkups.

About Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the seventh-largest pediatric health care organization in the United States, with 332 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 14,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.

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