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The information below provides an overview about indicators based on immunizations.

This information was compiled by the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency for a presentation to the Human Services Network.




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Nearly 95% of all children who come to the Community Health Agency are completely immunized by age 36 months. The MCIR system is fairly new. It will time for the data to be entered on all the children treated by doctors in our county.

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The records of children who enter a licensed preschool are routinely checked to be sure the children are properly immunized. Some families seek immunization waivers because of health or religious reasons.

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In the year 2000, children were required to have a Hepatitis B vaccination in addition to their previous shots. This new requirement accounts for the drop in the percentage of those properly immunized in 2000-01.

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Since the flu virus can change from year to year, flu shots are given yearly to protect against the current viral strain.

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Bacterial pneumonia is a leading cause of hospitalization, especially for seniors. Inoculation with the pneumonia vaccine may offer long term protection, though some doctors recommend yearly boosters.

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Preventable hospitalizations are those which could have been avoided if proper care and treatment had been provided.

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