School District-Specific Immunization Fact Sheets

Now Available! 2019-20 School District Immunization Fact Sheets


The School District Immunization Fact Sheets and supplemental online dashboards provide local level data on childhood immunization coverage to help each Colorado school district understand its level of community protection and highlight successes and opportunities for improvement. Additionally, each fact sheet provides an overview of statewide Colorado vaccination and vaccine-preventable disease information, information on the importance of vaccination, and ways schools, public health and the community can partner to protect against vaccine-preventable disease.

Why Is School Immunization Important?

All students and school staff members deserve a healthy school environment that supports their well-being and builds a strong foundation for learning. It takes an entire community to protect against serious disease. Because diseases such as measles can spread rapidly, adequate vaccination coverage at the school level -- roughly 95% for each vaccine -- helps to protect the health of students, staff and others in the community, including those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or because they are still too young to receive vaccines.

Especially as communities fight COVID-19, maintaining high vaccination coverage is critical to preventing additional outbreaks of disease that could further overwhelm our healthcare systems. And as with COVID-19, a case or outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease could force children to be excluded from school and miss out on valuable learning. Ensuring adequate vaccination coverage and compliance with school vaccination policy is also important to emergency response efforts and helps to prevent absenteeism and other societal and economic costs.

How Is My School District Doing?

To view your district’s immunization and exemption coverage data, visit the interactive dashboard below. (Note: This dashboard allows you to also view school district immunization data from the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.)

Colorado School District Immunization Data Dashboard

2019-2020 School District Immunization Fact Sheets 

If you would like a customized, district-specific message included on your school district's fact sheet, please contact us. To view sample customized messages and access additional resources, view the Fact Sheet How-To Guide

How to Use these Tools

We encourage school boards and administrators, principals, school health personnel, parents and other stakeholders to use this data to inform local discussions on immunization-related initiatives and compliance with school vaccination policy. View the Fact Sheet How-To Guide to learn how you can utilize these resources in your communities.

Additional Resources

Methods and References

The district-level immunization data featured on these fact sheets has been made possible through 2014 legislation and subsequent rulemaking which requires schools and licensed child care centers to annually report immunization and exemption data to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The fact sheets contain data only for schools that reported to CDPHE for the 2019-2020 school year. To access the 2018-2020 school and child care immunization data, visit the CDPHE website.

For questions on data, methods and references, please contact Kristin Mlynarczyk.

Sources:

  1. Healthy People 2020 Topics and Objectives: Immunization and Infectious Diseases
  2. Vaccination Coverage for Selected Vaccines and Exemption Rates Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2017–18 School Year, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) / October 12, 2018 / 67(40);1115–1122
  3. Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Colorado’s Children Report, Children’s Hospital Colorado; February 2019