American Academy of Family Physicians releases new immunization advocacy online tool showing vaccine legislation and vaccine coverage by state
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has released a new online mapping tool that provides state-by-state information on vaccination rates and other types of data that can support immunization advocacy efforts. For example, the tool shows which states permit certain types of vaccination exemptions. This State Immunization Information System (IIS) Legislation tool can assist with efforts to reach out to legislators regarding state immunization efforts. An article on the AAFP website, which describes the tool, states one of its major objectives:
By using the state-by-state information the tool offers through both maps and information tables, immunization advocates can show state legislators where immunization data are falling through the cracks and appeal to them to tighten up reporting requirements. Getting as complete a picture of overall vaccine coverage as possible allows health policy makers to more reliably target efforts to enhance public health through immunization outreach programs.