Our Immunization staff, working with private and public agencies as well as community organizations, using innovative promotion techniques and expert quality assurance monitoring, protects the health of our public by maintaining very low disease rates and achieving the highest immunization levels in the state and nation.
The mission of the Immunization Division is to improve the quality and longevity of life for the people of Public Health Region 11 by achieving and maintaining a vaccine preventable disease-free-environment.
The Childhood Immunization Initiative of 1994 made immunization of preschool children one of the Nation's main health priorities. The Immunization Division of the Texas Department of Health works toward this initiative by working to eliminate indigenous cases of diphtheria, Polio, Rubella, Measles, Tetanus, and Hemophilus influenza. Also, part of the Childhood Immunization Initiative is to increase vaccination coverage levels to at least 90% among two-year-old children. Data collected during the 1995 Texas Retrospective Immunization Survey weighted the state level at 42%. Working toward these goals as well as increasing the protection levels of adults, the Immunization Division strives to accomplish these objectives:
- Improve the quality of vaccination-delivery services.
- Increase community participation, education and partnerships.
- Reduce missed opportunities to vaccinate as well as eliminate barriers to immunizations.
- Increase the number of private providers.
- Recruit physicians into the Texas Vaccines for Children Program
- Promote the use of the state registry, ImmTrac
- Increase participation of stakeholders throughout the region
- Conduct educational trainings for medical professionals
- Increase public awareness through meetings, radio, and television
- Conduct investigations of reports of cases of vaccine preventable diseases
- Identify barriers and implement activities to improve immunization rates
Roman Abeyta, MPH