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U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz announced today that Philadelphia’s Public Health Department will receive more than $900,000 to improve the city’s Immunization Registry, including functions for registering individual vaccinations, tracking data in real time, and data exchange with public health authorities. The funds are part of economic recovery efforts. Schwartz has been successful in ensuring that the city and the region have received millions of dollars to help strengthen the local economy.
“The Immunization Registry enables medical professionals to be able to share information on a patient’s vaccination status,” Schwartz said. “This funding will improve the registry and make it an even more useful tool for hospitals, doctors, community health centers, and school nurses. Southeastern Pennsylvania’s vaccination registry has been particularly effective and it is important to continue improving the registry to ensure complete and timely immunization for everyone, particularly children.”
The Pennsylvania Statewide Immunization Information System (PA-SIIS) is a statewide immunization registry that collects vaccination history information. The PA-SIIS consolidates the immunization information from all providers to create a complete and current record. This assists health care providers to age-appropriately immunize all patients in their care.
In 2007, the city of Philadelphia’s childhood vaccine coverage rates were the highest ever recorded.