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HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING
Route 31 County Complex
6 Gauntt Place
PO Box 2900
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
PHONE; 908-806-4570
FAX: 908-806-5503
George Wagner, Director
Tadhgh Rainey, Division Manager
Shu-Chen Chiang, Division Supervisor

HUNTERDON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Public Health Nursing

  SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION AUDITS

Health KidsAudits help ensure that children are receiving necessary immunizations. Immunization records from private and public schools and preschools are audited on a regular basis. These audits work to enforce state regulations and, more importantly, reduce the risk for spread of preventable disease. The office's immunization team serves as a valuable resource of vaccine information for school staff, physicians, and parents.

Mission: To promote health and prevent disease

Staff Conduct and Immunization Audit
Laura Cox, Public Health Assistant (left) and Shu-Chen Chiang, RN (right), conduct an immuniization audit at a county preschool

Goals:

  • Prevent epidemic and the spread of disease
  • Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
  • Provide resource information
  • Link people to personal health services
  • Enforce state regulations that protect health and ensure safety

General Benefits of Immunization:

  • Widespread immunization practices have dramatically reduced the burden of vaccine preventable diseases in the USA, e.g.:
    • Measles is rare in the USA. (Measles kills approximately 1 million worldwide.)
    • Polio is all but eliminated, especially in the USA.
    • Rubella in pregnant women is rare.
    • Once common diseases, such as diptheria and lockjaw (tetanus), are now seldom seen.
  • Immunization practices have contributed to longer life expectancy in the USA.
  • Vaccinations have saved more lives and prevented more infectious disease than any other medical intervention and are one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20 th century.

Childhold Vaccination Program Information Brochure: (updated June 2011)

Phone Resources:

(800) CDC-INFO or (800) 232-4636:   CDC-INFO Contact Center. A toll-free number for consumers and healthcare professionals who have questions about immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. The Center operates 24/7 in English and Spanish. (TTY: (888) 232-6348)

(609) 588-7512:  New Jersey Department of Health and Seniors Services Communicable Disease- Immunization Program, for more state specific questions for parents and healthcare professionals.

For More Information Visit:

www.state.nj.us/health/cd/vpdp/10by2.shtml - 10 Reasons to Vaccinate Babies Before They are Two (2)

www.state.nj.us/health/cd/chap14.pdf - New Jersey regulation for immunizations

www.cdc.gov/vaccines - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The information on this website ranges from official vaccine recommendations for healthcare professionals to information for the general public about vaccines.

www.kidshealth.org - Parent and child friendly. Available in English and Spanish.

www.chop.edu/consumer/index.jsp - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – immunization information and many links to health resources

www.immunize.org - Immunization information and links to health information in multiple languages.

www.cispimmunize.org American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). AAP’s Childhood Immunization Support Program website contains information for both parents and clinicians.

www.ecbt.org / www.vaccinateyourbaby.org - Every Child by Two (ECBT). ECBT, founded by Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers, has created these two websites. Each contains a broad array of educational materials and information about vaccine’s their safety, vaccines research and science, vaccine misperceptions, and may other topics to help clinicians and parents.

www.immunize.org / www.vaccineinformation.org Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). IAC is a nonprofit organization that promotes immunization for all people against vaccine-preventable diseases. These websites offer educational material, photos, and video clips for parents, healthcare professionals, the media, and the general public, clinicians and parents.

www.immunizationinfo.org National Network for Immunization Information (NNii). NNii provides current, sciencebased, extensively reviewed information to healthcare professionals, the media, policy makers and the public.

www.vaccine.chop.edu Vaccine Education Center (VEC). The goal of the VEC at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is to accurately communicate the facts about each childhood vaccine. VEC publishes a monthly vaccines e-newsletter for parents titles “Parents PACK”. For more information or to subscribe, visit www.vaccine.chop.edu/parents

 

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