The Immunization Assessment and Promotion (IAP) program at Spokane Regional Health District provides scientifically sound, evidence-based information and services to the community about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. Program activities help guide community efforts to increase the number of people choosing to get vaccinated, reduce vaccine-preventable diseases through community immunity (herd immunity) and protect vulnerable community members who can’t be vaccinated due to medical conditions.
The program works closely with many community partners to achieve these goals. Partners include pediatric and family practice medical offices, pharmacies, school districts, non-profit organizations like Within Reach, and students and professors at Washington State University, Gonzaga University and University of Washington.
The IAP Program administers the Vaccine for Children (VFC) Program, which provides childhood immunizations free to all children ages 0-18 years, through enrolled healthcare providers in Spokane, Lincoln, Adams, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties
IAP activities are funded by federal (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)), state (Foundational Public Health Services) and local dollars. Granting organizations like the Group Health Foundation provide added funding when available through competitive grant opportunities.
Spokane County School Immunization Data Reports (2016)82.7%
of K-12 students completed school-required vaccines
Parents and caregivers immunize their children and youth to protect them from vaccine-preventable disease.
PBS Nova, 20151 in a million
The odds of having a life-threatening allergic reaction to a vaccine
You are more likely to get struck by lightning (1 in 12,000) than have a life-threatening reaction to a vaccine!
Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS) (2018)61%
Spokane County children aged 19-35 months immunization rates
Immunization rates help determine a population’s level of protection from vaccine preventable disease. The immunization rates among young children (19 –35 months) are improving in Spokane county! However, four in ten children remain under immunized for their age.
What can the community do?
Follow the links below to learn more about population immunization rates.
Washington State Immunization Information System (IIS)9 million
individuals with 80 million immunizations recorded in the IIS