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Eagle County School District recognized for improving immunization rates

Contact: Rebecca Larson, Epidemiologist, at 970-748-3281 or rebecca.larson@eaglecounty.us.

March 12, 2014 - Eagle County Public Health is recognizing Eagle County School District (ECSD) for their efforts to improve community health by enforcing statewide school immunization requirements. Per Colorado law, students are required to have a number of immunizations prior to school attendance. Over the past two years, the ECSD’s health team has partnered with Eagle County Public Health to improve the immunization rates of school age children. The partnership has resulted in a doubling of the number of students in compliance with the state’s immunization requirements. With a compliance rate of 98.6 percent, Eagle County is well above the state average.

ECSD’s dedication to increasing immunization rates among school age children is largely responsible for the low rate of reported pertussis, or whooping cough, cases in Eagle County during the current statewide epidemic.  In 2013, Colorado had 1,458 cases of reported pertussis. Eagle County had only one of those cases and maintains the lowest rate of reported pertussis in Colorado counties. The resurgence of pertussis in Colorado prompted the state to set a goal of 95 percent compliance with pertussis immunization requirements among kindergarteners. Eagle County School District kindergarteners are 99 percent compliant with all vaccinations.

According to Public Health officials, immunizations are critical for keeping vaccine preventable diseases out of our community. “One of the best ways to protect the health of your child, their classmates, and the community is ensuring your child is up to date on their immunizations before the first day of school,” said Theresa Carey, Eagle County public health nurse.  “Vaccinations also help ensure that students do not miss school due to preventable illnesses and parents do not have to miss work to care of sick children.”

The large majority of required school vaccinations protect against illnesses spread from person to person.  Eagle County is at high risk of spreading these preventable diseases, as our community hosts thousands of international visitors every year.  Carey says ECSD’s dedication to increasing immunization rates will have a lasting protective effect in Eagle County.