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Texas was named the most improved state in childhood immunizations today by
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. San Antonio/Bexar County
was named the most improved city/county. The awards were presented at the CDC’s
2009 National Immunization Conference in Dallas.
Texas increased 13.5 percentage points in childhood immunizations coverage
rates from 2004 to 2008, based on National Immunization Survey data of children
19 through 35 months of age. Coverage is for the 4:3:1:3:3:1 immunization
series: four doses of diphtheria/ tetanus/pertussis vaccine, three doses of
polio vaccine, one dose of measles vaccine, three doses ofHaemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine, three doses of
hepatitis B vaccine and one dose of varicella vaccine.
Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey, M.D.,
accepted the state’s award. He attributed the increase to aggressive and
sustained efforts by state and local leaders and the many partner organizations
and families across the state who have made childhood immunizations a priority
San Antonio/Bexar County improved 11.3 percentage points.