Connecticut Commission on Children: An Agency of the Connecticut General Assembly
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Immunization

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Vaccination is the ultimate preventative health strategy for children. Besides preventing diseases such as meningitis, shingles, measles, chicken pox, tetanus, and whooping cough, it often brings families to medical offices or clinics for the first time, serving as a touchstone for lifelong good health.

Connecticut has consistently enjoyed one of the highest vaccination rates in the nation, thanks in no small part to its decision in the mid-1970s to make many vaccinations free. Since 1998, all Connecticut newborns have been eligible for enrollment in an immunization tracking plan called the Immunization Registry and Tracking System, or CIRTS.

Connecticut Immunization Registry and Tracking System (CIRTS)

CIRTS logoCIRTS is a free program designed to ensure that children receive timely immunizations. The Registry, maintained by the state Department of Public Health (DPH), lets doctors keep track of immunization histories in a computerized database, gives parents an easy way to provide their children's immunization histories to day care centers, schools, and camps, and assures parents that they'll always have access to this information -- even if they move away from Connecticut, or their child's doctor retires. All personal information, including vaccination status and dates of vaccination, is kept confidential.

All of the following are located on the DPH website:

More information for families from the Department of Public Health (DPH)

Federal links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention : Vaccines and Immunizations

Listen to 'The Science Behind Vaccines'

On February 10, 2014, Connecticut public radio station WNPR hosted a discussion by local medical experts on the history and importance of vaccinces. The experts included: Dr. Jack Ross, director of infectious diseases for Hartford Healthcare; Dr. Nicholas Bennett, medical director of pediatric infectious diseases and immunology at Connecticut Children's Medical Center; and Howard Markel, founding director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. They were interviewed by John Dankosky on his weekday-morning program, "Where We Live." Listen on the WNPR website.

Kid Reporter: How Vaccinations Prevent Outbreaks

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution created this three-minute video in 2014, using "kid reporter" Sammy and animation to explain in everyday language how immunization works.

A Celebration of Connecticut's Immunization Champions

Connecticut historically has ranked in the top five states in the nation for on-time childhood immunizations. In 2006, it achieved a coverage rate of 82 percent, the third-highest rate in the nation. On April 23, 2008, officials of the federal Centers for Disease Control came to Hartford to honor the state for its work. In turn, state officials honored 16 "champions" --  doctors, nurses, office managers, and Immunization Action Plan (IAP) coordinators -- for working especially hard to ensure timely immunizations. Read more

This page was last updated: February 25, 2015

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