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Improve childhood immunization rates

Vermont youth are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases

% of adolescents age 13-17 with at least 1 Tdap booster


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Story Behind the Curve

Last Updated: January 2015

Author: Immunization Program, Vermont Department of Health

The percent of Vermont teens immunized with a booster to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis remained strong at 91%, well above the national rate of 86%.


Primary care providers, school nurses and administrators, parents

What Works

School immunization regulations, universal access to vaccine at no-cost to providers, a strong provider recommendation and awareness of the need for vaccination all support a high state rate of Tdap immunization among teens. A statewide outbreak of pertussis in 2012 also increased parental interest in ensuring children were vaccinated with Tdap.


Education, enforcement of school immunization regulations and ongoing evaluation

Why Is This Important?

This indicator is part of Healthy Vermonters 2020 (the State Health Assessment) that documents the health status of Vermonters at the start of the decade and the population health indicators and goals that will guide the work of public health through 2020. Click here for more information.

This indicator is also part of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), a five-year plan that prioritizes broad Healthy Vermonters 2020 goals: reducing prevalence of chronic disease, reducing prevalence of substance abuse and mental illness, and improving childhood immunizations. The SHIP is a subset of HV2020 and details strategies and planned interventions. Click here for more information.

Notes on Methodology

Data is updated as it becomes available and timing may vary by data source. For more information about this indicator, click here.

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