Immunization program services are provided through six (6) major program components, which are outlined below:
- Vaccines for Children
- District of Columbia Immunization Information Registry System (DOCIIS)
- School and Licensed Child Development Center Compliance Assessments
- Vaccine Preventable Disease Surveillance
- Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
Vaccines for Children
- Supplies free vaccines to providers that vaccinate children who:
- Are eligible for Medicaid,
- Have no health insurance,
- Have health insurance that doesn't cover immunizations,
- Are Native American or Alaskan Native,
- Provides technical assistance on how providers can improve vaccination rates
- Provides training to providers on vaccine storage and handling
- Provides access to the District's online immunization information system (DOCIIS)
- Conducts assessments for children in licensed child-care, Head Start Centers and in all schools and grades.
- Conducts an annual retrospective survey from kindergarten school entry data to assess completion of initial vaccine series by 2 years of age.
- Identifies and investigates cases and controls outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD), measures VPD morbidity and mortality, and evaluates the impact of new vaccines and immunization policies.
- Identifies hepatitis B surface antigen (HbsAg) pregnant women and prevents perinatal hepatitis B transmission.
- Monitors the safety of immunizations and ensures that all providers of immunizations report adverse events according to state and/or local public health policies.
- Maintains an immunization registry that serves as a storehouse for immunization records for children and adults in the District of Columbia, enabling the Department of Health to keep children updated for immunization, provide follow-up when needed, conduct outbreak control, provide records for daycare and school entry and prevent unnecessary immunizations because of lost records.
District of Columbia Immunization Registry Information System (DOCIIS)
- Centrally stores immunization records for children and adults in the District of Columbia
- Tracks immunization compliance and provides immunization data and reports
- Provides online access to trainings to immunization histories.
Outreach and Education
- Collects and disseminates vaccine information statements and other educational materials to providers, consumers and lay audiences
- Conducts educational seminars for providers, and lay audiences
- Reviews and determines compliance with DC Immunization Laws 3-12 of the immunization records of all children in licensed child development centers, Head Start centers and all grades in public, private, charter and parochial schools in DC.
- Conducts investigation, tracking and reporting of vaccine preventable diseases.
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program
- Identifies and tracks pregnant women infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
- Ensures appropriate preventive treatment for newborns of infected mothers from birth through the 1st year of life
- Refers household and sexual contacts of identified women for Hepatitis B screening