Texas Childhood Immunization Rates Hit 5-Year High

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Immunization rates for Texas children increased 19 percent over the past five years to reach a record high in 2007, according to statistics released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Texas rate was 77.3 percent for 2007, up from 65 percent in 2002.

“The progress that Texas has made is the result of aggressive and sustained efforts of state and local partners along with families,” said Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Lakey stressed that it takes continued effort to see continued improvement.

The 2007 Texas rate is a 3.5 percent increase over 2006 numbers and ranks Texas as 22nd in the country, the highest ranking Texas has ever reached.


The national survey also provides statistics for four metropolitan areas in Texas:

* The Houston rate increased 4.3 percent from 70 percent to 73 percent.

* The El Paso County rate increased 12.3 percent from 68.9 percent to 77.4 percent.

* The Bexar County rate increased 7.4 percent from 74.6 percent to 80.1 percent.

* The Dallas County rate decreased 1.9 percent from 73.3 percent to 71.9 percent.

The CDC's National Immunization Survey provides vaccination coverage estimates for children 19 through 35 months of age. State numbers are based on the percentage of children completing the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series of immunizations. This series includes four doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP), three doses of polio vaccine, one dose of measles-containing vaccine, three doses of Hib vaccine, three doses of hepatitis B vaccine and one dose of varicella vaccine.