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AAP discusses importance of immunization information systems

In a new statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics outlines the importance of immunization information systems.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released an updated policy statement titled “Immunization Information Systems,” where they discuss their continued support of the development of immunization information systems that are used to provide children with quality healthcare.

Immunization information systems digitally collect and consolidate data on immunization from vaccination providers, which are kept confidential by the system. The need for these systems was apparent following the measles epidemic, where there were over 55,000 cases, 123 deaths, and 11,000 hospitalizations from 1989 to 1991.

Less than 6% of children aged under 5 years old at the time of the measles epidemic were fully vaccinated, showing the need for immunization in preschool-aged children. Since then, new data has emerged alongside public health crises to further support the value of these information systems, along with how they lead to further benefits than basic immunization databases.

“Immunization information systems have improved access to an individual's immunization history, helping to broaden protection from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Jesse Hackell, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement. “Further improvements will make this information available whenever and wherever a person seeks care, which will benefit both individual and public health.”

The statement outlines how these immunization information systems can be vital for public health function, especially during a public health crisis. States should receive adequate and assured resources and funding to promote further development and use, preferably from the federal government, according to the authors.

Reference

Updated AAP policy statement urges resources for immunization system data. American Academy of Pediatrics. September 12, 2022. Accessed September 26, 2022. https://www.aap.org/en/news-room/news-releases/aap/2022/updated-aap-policy-statement-urges-resources-for-immunization-system-data/