Immunization rates measure the percentage of 7-year-olds who have had the complete set of vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella.
Why This Matters
Vaccination is generally considered to be one of the greatest public health achievements in modern times, and, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): “Immunization has saved more lives in Canada than any other health intervention” (PHAC, 2006).
Measurement and Limitations
Immunization rates measure the percentage of 7-year-olds who have completed their immunization schedules for measles, mumps and rubella (two doses). The requirement for completion for measles is two doses, and the requirement for rubella and mumps is one dose. However, since they are all given together (they are not currently available as separate vaccines in Canada), complete coverage for MMR is considered to be two doses.
Manitoba Immunization Monitoring System (MIMS), maintained by Manitoba Health. (n.d.). Retrieved fromhttp://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/surveillance/reports.html
This data is updated annually as it becomes available.
Hilderman T., Katz, A., Derksen, S., McGowan, K., Chateau, D., Kurbis, C., Allison, S., & Reimer, J.N. (2011, April). Manitoba Immunization Study. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. Retrieved from http://mchp-appserv.cpe.umanitoba.ca/reference/MB_Immunization_Report_WEB.pdf
Manitoba Health. (2011). Annual Immunization Surveillance Report, 2011. Retrieved fromhttp://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/surveillance/mims/reports/2011.pdf
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). (2006). Canadian immunization guide. Retrieved from http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cig-gci/