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Some diseases that are prevented by vaccines, like pertussis (whooping cough) and chickenpox, remain common in the United States. On the other hand, other diseases are no longer common in this country because of vaccines. However, if we stopped vaccinating, even the few cases we have in the United States could very quickly become tens or hundreds of thousands of cases.
You can see the Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 10-Year Morbidity Report below, which gives an overview of incidence of vaccine-preventable disease in Massachusetts.
Vaccination coverage is the estimated percent of people who have received specific vaccines. Health departments all over the United States monitor vaccination coverage to understand how well communities are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccination coverage information is used to identify areas and groups with lower vaccination coverage so public health departments, health care partners, and schools can take action to help improve vaccination coverage and protect everyone from vaccine-preventable diseases. You can find national and state data on vaccination coverage for vaccines across the lifespan by visiting CDC’s VaxView.
Massachusetts providers reporting immunization data to the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) can access their own vaccination coverage report through the registry. Visit the ContactMIIS website for information on running these types of reports.
The most recent National Immunization Survey showed Massachusetts had some of the highest vaccination rates in the country. In fact, Massachusetts ranks number one in the country for 19-35 month olds vaccinated with MMR vaccine, DTaP vaccine, and the combined series of 7 vaccines recommended for children before they turn age 2. See the below table for the NIS child and teen rates.
National Immunization Survey, 2016, Vaccines Routinely Recommended During Childhood
Estimated Vaccination Coverage among Children Aged 19 – 35 Months
≥ 4 DTaP1
≥ 3 Polio1
≥ 1 MMR1
≥ 3 Hib (full series)
≥ 3 Hep B1
Hep B birth dose
≥ 1 varicella1
≥ 4 PCV
≥ 2 Hep A
Estimated Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents Aged 13 – 17 Years, Adolescent Catch-Up Vaccines
≥ 2 MMR1
≥ 1 varicella
≥ 2 varicella1
Immunity to varicella1,2
Vaccines Routinely Recommended for Adolescents
≥ 1 Td or Tdap
≥ 1 Tdap1
≥ 1 meningococcal2
≥ 1 HPV2
HPV series completion2,3
≥ 2 HPV2
≥ 3 HPV2
The School Immunizations page reviews Massachusetts specific rates based on vaccines required for school entry and provides insight into the vaccine coverage in communities across the state. Since immunization rates are not uniform across the state, school immunization data highlight areas that may be more susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Massachusetts Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Initiative is a collaborative effort to fully immunize children and adolescents in Massachusetts against vaccine preventable diseases. The membership includes physicians and nurses, MDPH Immunization Program officials, and representatives from organizations interested in improving immunization practices and immunization rates in communities across Massachusetts.
There is also a statewide initiative to increase HPV vaccination rates to decrease HPV-related cancer. For more information on HPV vaccine, visit the HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention website.
While overall Massachusetts is doing well on childhood immunization rates, the same is not the case for adult immunizations rates (DOC). Unfortunately, far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines, leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious diseases.
2016 Immunization Estimates for Massachusetts Adults, Non-Influenza Vaccine Estimates
Ever had Tdap, ≥ 18 y/o
Hep B series, ≥ 18 y/o
Ever had Zoster, ≥ 60 y/o
Ever had Pneumonia shot, ≥ 65 y/o
Ever had 1+ dose HPV females, 18-26 y/o
Ever had 3+ doses HPV females, 18-26 y/o*
Ever had 1+ dose HPV males, 18-26 y/o
Ever had 3+ doses HPV males, 18-26 y/o*
The Massachusetts Adult Immunization Coalition (MAIC) is a collaborative partnership dedicated to increasing adult immunization through education, networking, and sharing innovative and best practices. There are currently over 200 members representing local and state public health organizations, community health centers, health insurance plans, pharmacies, physicians, vaccine manufacturers, long-term-care and senior service organizations, consumer advocacy groups, hospitals, home health, and college health services.
The Coalition meets quarterly to discuss and strategize around issues such as targeted approaches to increase adult immunization rates in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; the supply of publicly and privately purchased vaccine; immunization activities; surveillance of vaccine-preventable diseases; analysis of the flu season; and planning for a potential influenza pandemic.
CDC estimates annual influenza (flu) vaccination coverage for the United States by utilizing data from several nationally representative surveys: the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), and the National Immunization Survey-Flu. (NIS-Flu). Internet panel surveys of adults, health care personnel, and pregnant women are also used. This page provides vaccination coverage estimates for 2017–18 and previous flu seasons, reports, interactive figures, and data tables. You can see all of this data on FluVaxView.
The below table demonstrates Massachusetts flu immunization rates (DOC) compared to the United States flu immunization rates for the 2016-2017 season. While higher than the national average, flu immunization rates for the 2016-2017 season were at 50% in Massachusetts, meaning that only half of the population received the annual vaccine that can prevent serious illness, hospitalizations, and even death. Visit the Flu Website for more guidance on the flu and flu vaccine.
2016-17 Influenza Immunization Estimates
Everyone ≥ 6 mos
Children 6 mos – 17 years
Adults ≥ 18 yrs
For comprehensive information on all vaccine preventable diseases, please refer to our online Guide to Surveillance, Reporting and Control. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health also creates many factsheets about various infectious diseases.
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in a pregnant woman poses a serious risk to her infant at birth. Providers involved with the care of pregnant women and their infants should follow certain guidelines discussed on the Perinatal Hepatitis B Infection page.
Please also visit the Vaccine Administration and Clinical Guidance page for additional information.