Department of Health


A Review of Management Controls at the
Department of Health's Immunization Program

December 1999

Report Number 00-007

Overall Conclusion

Incomplete immunization data, gaps in provider monitoring, and the inconsistent reporting of information makes it difficult to determine if resources provided by the State of Texas and the federal government have been efficiently and appropriately used by the Department of Health's Immunization Program (Program). The Department of Health (Department) has received more than $300 million in cash and vaccines for the Program over the past four years.

Immunization rates for school age children are high, and incidence of childhood disease is stable, which may indicate that the Program has been successful in getting children immunized. Our main areas of concern are the underutilization of the statewide immunization registry, the lack of information regarding performance of providers, and the inconsistent reporting of vaccine supplies.

Key Facts and Findings

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