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Improve Immunization Rates

Improving immunization rates is one of seven priority areas from Oregon's State Health Improvement Plan. Progress is updated annually. Get the 2017 Progress Report for this priority or view current data highlights below.

Key Strategies

Population interventions

  • Increase the percentage of school-aged children who are vaccinated
  • Increase the percentage of adults who receive annual influenza vaccine
  • Increase the percentage of adolescents who complete the HPV vaccine series

Health equity interventions

  • Increase flu vaccinations in priority areas and populations
  • Improve Tdap and flu vaccinations in pregnant women

Health system interventions

  • Create incentives for private and public health plans and health care providers to increase immunization rates
  • Promote strategies to health care providers to increase delivery of on-time immunizations
  • Increase flu vaccination rates among health care workers

Immunizations are one of the 10 great public health achievements in the United States.

A recent economic analysis estimated that vaccinating the 2009 U.S. birth cohort with the recommended childhood immunization schedule prevented approximately 42,000 deaths and 20 million cases of disease, and resulted in a net savings of $14 billion in direct costs and $69 billion in total societal costs.

Communities with high levels of immunization are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases because there is little opportunity for these diseases to spread. This community immunity also protects those who are most likely to experience poor outcomes from these diseases, such as infants or people who cannot be immunized for medical reasons.

Priority Targets - Highlights

Chart showing the rate of fully vaccinated two year olds is increasing 

Immunization rate among 2-year-olds. This chart shows the rate of fully vaccinated two year olds is increasing.

Immunization rate among 2-year-olds (percentage fully vaccinated)
Year 2014 2015 2016
Percentage 60% 64% 66%
2020 Target 80% 80%

Data source: ALERT IIS

HPV vaccination rates among youth 

HPV vaccination rates among youth. This chart shows the rate of HPV vaccination series completion among 13 to 17 year olds is increasing.
HPV vaccination rates among youth (percentage of 13 to 17 year olds)
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016
Percentage 19% 28% 33% 44%
2020 Target 80% 80%

Data source: ALERT IIS

Chart showing the seasonal flu vaccination rate is stagnant. 

Seasonal flu vaccination. This chart shows the seasonal flu vaccination rate is stagnant.
Seasonal flu vaccination rate (percentage of people older than 6 months of age)
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016
Percentage 42% 42% 43% 43%
2020 Target 70% 70%

Data source: ALERT IIS

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