What measurement means for childhood vaccinations

Keeping children up-to-date on vaccinations prepares them for a healthly future. Children who don't receive regular wellness visits - including vaccinations when recommended - can be left exposed to many health risks. These regular visits will help your child stay current on recommended vaccinations. 

The childhood vaccination measure shows how well Minnesota health care providers performed in keeping children under age two current on the following vaccines and dosages:

  • Four doses of diphtheria and tetanus (DTAP/DT)
  • Three doses of polio (IPV)
  • One dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Three doses of H-Influenza Type B
  • Three doses of Hepatitis B
  • One dose of chicken pox (VZV)
  • Four doses of pneumococcal

Immunizations, or vaccines, are an important way to protect young children from serious illnesses and even death. High rates of immunization benefit children, their family and friends, and society in general by preventing disease. Additionally, many school and child care facilities require up-to-date vaccinations before admitting a child. Health care providers should help families make sure their children have the above recommended vaccines by the time they turn 2 years old.

The statewide rate of adolescent immunizations by all reporting medical groups is 77%. This means 77 of 100 two-year-olds had all of the vaccinations listed above.

Higher immunization rates can be a sign of strong performance in pediatric care. It’s important to know that small differences in percentages don’t necessarily reflect the quality of care you’ll receive with a certain medical group. It is more important to note the large differences between providers, and speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

How we calculate the measure

We measure how well medical groups (and clinics) make sure children have received the recommended number of doses of the seven vaccinations noted above by their second birthday.

This measure is evaluated annually. The current data is based on information collected from health plan billing data, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection Registry and medical record reviews for 2014 dates of service. The information is collected under the measure name Childhood Immunization.