Childhood immunizations: facts & figures

Percent of Minnesota children, age 24-35 months, immunized with:

Protect children through immunization

The percentage of children who have received recommended vaccinations is called the "coverage rate." In order to protect the population from vaccine-preventable disease, Healthy People 2020 Immunization and Infectious Diseases goals call for 90% coverage among young children for individual immunizations and 80% coverage for the complete childhood immunization series.

State-level immunization rates are also available from the CDC's National Immunization Survey (NIS). For more information on how childhood immunization rates from MIIC compare to NIS rates, see Childhood Immunization Coverage in Minnesota.

Recommended vaccinations*

Childhood series vaccines Recommended dose(s) by 19 months

Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTaP)

4

Polio

3

Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)

1

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

2-4**

Hepatitis B (Hep B)

3

Varicella (chickenpox)

1***

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)

2-4**

Additional vaccines Recommended dose(s) by 19 months

Rotavirus

2-3**

Hepatitis A (Hep A)

2

Notes:

*Recommended by CDC (see Immunization Schedules for Health Care Providers). Some immunizations require additional vaccine doses later in childhood.

**Depending on factors including product type and age at first dose.

***Not indicated if child has had the disease.


Childhood immunization in Minnesota

The Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) is a useful resource for monitoring immunization coverage rates in the state. This confidential, computerized system collects immunization records for Minnesota residents to help ensure correct and timely vaccinations. Childhood immunization rates for the state and each county are calculated based on the number of children in MIIC who have received the vaccinations of interest compared to the number of children in MIIC. Systematic, MIIC-based monitoring of childhood immunization began in 2010. Updated data are available annually in the summer.


Percent of Minnesota children immunized with the childhood series*

Notes: Data are for children ages 24-35 months. "Series" includes all seven vaccinations listed on this chart. Healthy People 2020 goals call for 90% coverage among young children for individual immunizations and 80% coverage for the series.

*MIIC-based immunizations rates.

**In 2015, there was a change in methodology for calculating up-to-date rates. Please see What is the source of the data? for more information.

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In 2017, 61% of Minnesota children ages 24-35 months received vaccinations in the childhood immunization series. While Minnesota children got close to the Healthy People 2020 goal of a 90% coverage rate for some individual childhood vaccinations, the coverage rate for the full childhood series is below the 80% goal. Since vaccine-preventable diseases are often more serious in young children, increasing these rates are important.

It is important to note that there was a nationwide shortage of Hib immunization from December 2007 to September 2009. This shortage reduced immunization percentages for Hib and the childhood series in the 2010 MIIC data.


Percent of Minnesota children with additional recommended immunizations*

Notes: Data are for children ages 24-35 months.

*Rotavirus and Hepatitis A are not currently part of the childhood immunization series.

**In 2015, there was a change in methodology for calculating up-to-date rates. Please see What is the source of the data? for more information.

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This graph shows the percent of Minnesota children ages 24-35 months who received recommended doses of rotavirus and hepatitis A vaccine according to MIIC records. These vaccines are not included in the childhood immunization series. According to MIIC, over two-thirds of Minnesota children received recommended doses of rotavirus vaccine. A third of Minnesota children are immunized with hepatitis A vaccine.

Coverage rates for Hepatitis A and rotavirus vaccines fall below the Healthy People 2020 target rate of 85% and 80%, respectively. Since vaccine-preventable diseases are often more serious in young children, increasing these rates is important.

For more information, see:


Childhood Immunizations Series*

*Rotavirus and Hepatitis A are not currently part of the childhood immunization series. Data are for children ages 24-35 months.

For more information, please download the data.