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Every year over 25,000 babies are born in the State of Nebraska. Each of these children starts with an immunization coverage level of zero.
The goal of the Nebraska Immunization Program is to help communities provide a local preventative health program designed to meet each area’s individual needs while maintaining quality of service. The program provides funding, vaccines, and training to immunization clinics and private providers throughout the state to vaccinate children from birth through 18 years of age.
Vaccine-preventable disease has declined by over 99% since the introduction of vaccines. Outbreaks can occur when vaccination levels decrease. Immunizations are one of the most effective and cost efficient ways to prevent disease. For every dollar spent on immunizations, it saves as much as $29.00 in direct and indirect health costs.
The goal of the Federal Childhood Immunization Initiative is to have at least 90% of all children immunized by 2 years of age. As of 2009, the immunization rate for 2-year-olds in the United States was 70.5% and Nebraska’s immunization rate was 65.4% for those 2 and under. This assessment is based on 2-year-olds having received 4 DTaP, 3 Polio, 1 MMR, 3 HepB, 1 Varicella and 4 Pneumococcal vaccinations.
The program also provides information about adult immunization and international travel immunizations.
More useful information:
What is an immunization record?
Scheduling an Appointment
Understanding Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Schedule for Persons Birth through 18 years
Adult Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group
Recommended Vaccinations Indicated for Adults Based on Medical and Other
Adult Contraindications and Precautions