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Summary of vaccination status of students within Allegheny County during the 2012-2013 school year

Blaney, Kayleigh (2014) Summary of vaccination status of students within Allegheny County during the 2012-2013 school year. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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As infectious diseases such as pertussis and measles re-emerge, the public health significance of vaccination becomes pivotally important within communities. In Allegheny County, of the 161,534 students with data reported, 97.1% were fully immunized, which exceeds the Healthy People 2020 goal aiming that 95% of school age children in the United States are fully vaccinated. The only school types that did not meet the Health People 2020 goals for percentage of fully immunized students were Montessori (92.3%), Private-Special Education (91.8%) and Public-Special Education (91.6%) schools. Allegheny County overall had a low rate of both medical and religious/medical exemptions, with rates of 0.7% and 1.8%, respectively. These exemptions however were clustered mostly in special education and non-public schools, illustrating that in certain school types, the percentage of exemptions present makes it impossible for the school to meet the Healthy People 2020 goals. Vaccine-specific coverage in Allegheny County was better in public than in private schools, which is consistent with the rates of fully immunized students in both school types. As previously rare infectious diseases continue to reemerge, it is pivotal that both health and school officials are aware of the vaccination status in the students under their jurisdiction. This work contributes to the available literature about the state of vaccination in Allegheny County students.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Blaney, Kayleigh
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee Chairvan Panhuis, Willem G.wav10@pitt.eduWAV10UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBuchanich, Jeanine M.jeanine@pitt.eduJEANINEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMertz, Kristen J.kmertz@achd.netUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 25 November 2014
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Epidemiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: vaccines, vaccine, coverage, vaccine, preventable, diseases, VPDs, herd, immunity, Allegheny, County
Additional Information: Final Submission
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2015 19:23
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2023 12:56


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