October 12, 2013
Area(s) of Interest: Advocacy Public Health Vaccination
The California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates today passed a resolution (Res. 104-13) directing the association to encourage and promote the reporting of immunizations to the California Department of Public Health for purposes of vaccination, disease control and prevention.
"More accurate tracking of immunizations would lead to improved vaccination rates, reduce duplicative health services and improve the health of all Californians," wrote one delegate in online testimony.
Nearly one in four children see more than one immunization provider by age two. In fact, the chart in the child’s most recent medical home is accurate only 62 percent of the time.
With increased reporting, public health departments can better identify people who are at risk in the event of a disease outbreak or other emergency such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods or man-made disasters. They can also help locate communities with low coverage rates so that they can provide targeted interventions to increase coverage rates and protect more people from disease.