Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018
DENVER — The number of Colorado schools and child care facilities reporting their immunization and exemption data to the state rose six percent over 2016-2017. Nearly 90 percent of Colorado schools and child care facilities that were required to report did so in 2017-2018.
Based on the information reported by schools and child care facilities across the state, the majority of Colorado children received their school-required vaccinations. Nearly 93 percent of students at Colorado schools and over 95 percent of children in child care or preschool were in compliance with school immunization rules. Coverage and exemption rates for individual vaccines were stable compared to the previous year. Coverage for individual vaccines was 93 percent or better for all vaccines, except Tdap, which was 90 percent for those in sixth grade and up.
This is the second year the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has collected this data, as required by the state Board of Health. The school and child care immunization data website enables parents and guardians to look up immunization and exemption rates for their schools, and a new tool, geared toward partners and researchers, allows users to access mapping and summary-level information.