NORWALK, CT - Year after year, the Norwalk Health Department works hard to make sure Norwalkers receive their recommended vaccines, especially our youngest citizens. Again, the Health Department has seen success from its hard work.
The Health Department's Immunization Action Plan (IAP) Program works with doctors’ offices to help children receive age-appropriate vaccines by their second birthday. IAP staff members also provide education, promote vaccines for older children and adults, and act as representatives for the Connecticut Immunization Registry Tracking System (CIRTS), a state computer program where physicians report childhood vaccinations.
State officials have notified the IAP Program that the Norwalk area (that includes Norwalk, Westport, Weston, Wilton, and New Canaan) achieved a 90% vaccination rate for children born in 2011. In other words, 90% of children in the Norwalk area in the CIRTS database who were born in 2011 received all their recommended vaccines by their second birthday.
“The high compliance rate is a result from parents recognizing the value of vaccinating their children on time and the vigilance of the staff at the pediatric practices and the health department in following through with the shot schedule,” explained Tim Callahan, MPH, RS, Director of Health for the City of Norwalk.
Pam Bates, RN, BSN, Norwalk IAP Coordinator added, “It is very exciting that we have reached 90% vaccination coverage for the young children in our community. All children deserve to grow up healthy and free from the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases. We are fortunate to have dedicated pediatric providers in our community who strongly believe in the importance and benefits of vaccination.”
Bates noted that this achievement would not have been possible without cooperation of the many pediatric health care providers in the area. The Health Department thanks all the pediatric providers in the area, especially those who achieved 90% or higher immunization rates for children at their offices (listed here):
The Center for Advanced Pediatrics/Norwalk/95%
Day Street Community Health Center, Inc./Norwalk/90%
Doctors’ Pediatric, PC/Wilton/90%
East Avenue Pediatrics/Norwalk/96%
New England Pediatrics, LLP/New Canaan/93%
Norwalk Community Health Center/Norwalk/98%
Village Pediatrics, LLC/Westport/92%
Willows Pediatric Group/Westport/95%
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