ImmTrac, A Growing Registry
By Ishah Coleman, ImmTrac
The latest figures reveal more than 5.5 million children participate in ImmTrac, the Texas immunization registry. The striking statistic indicates parents, schools and health care providers recognize the benefits of ImmTrac. In recent years, the state’s free and secure immunization
||registry offered by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has also seen a significant increase in the number of immunizations recorded, active online registered user sites and the average number of immunization histories generated monthly from ImmTrac.
When offered the opportunity to “grant” or “deny” consent for ImmTrac during the birth registration process, more than 94 percent of parents consent to having their child participate in the registry. This is an indication that parents understand the value of participating in a single state registry that consolidates and securely stores a child’s immunization history. Birthing facilities that offer parents the opportunity to “grant” or “deny” consent during the birth registration process is not yet at 100 percent. However, health-care providers are still likely to find a large number of their patients’ immunization records in the registry.
In recent years, the total number of vaccine doses recorded in ImmTrac has more than doubled. This growth can be attributed to the over 4,300 registered, active, online user sites participating in the Registry, including a 33 percent increase in sites during 2007. Active, online user sites are defined as provider sites that regularly access the ImmTrac application to search for client records, update a client’s immunization history or generate immunization histories.