Immunization Registries



"Despite its goal of higher immunization rates and the rhethoric of protecting children, the National Immunization Program is simply the latest attempt to make our entire health-care industry a branch of the state."

A.J. Gokcek, research fellow, Pacific Research Institute, San Francisco, CA (waiting for publication title)


Minnesota's Community-Based Immunization Registries


Note: Total of 122 medical clinics currently participating (about 16% of the state's total clinics that provide childhood immunization) according to the Minnesota Health Department on June 1, 1998.

  • Communities Caring for Children (CCC)
    • 13 medical clinics in a 13 county area of Northwest Minnesota. Part of a comprehensive pre-natal and newborn health project.
    • Contact: Susan Olson
    • Address: Inter-County Nursing Services, 318 North Knight, Thief River Falls, MN 56701
    • Phone: 218-681-5950
  • IMFO
    • 58 clinics participating. Merger talks underway with Hennepin county (see below) to create a 7-county metro system
    • Contact: Diane Holmgren
    • Address: St. Paul-Ramsey Public Health, 555 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101
    • Phone: 612-292-7712
  • ImmTrack
    • Currently has 8 clinics participating in a two county area surrounding Mankato; expanding to 10 counties in South Central Minnesota
    • Contact: Nancy Meyer
    • Address: Blue Earth County Public Health, 410 S. 5th St., Box 661, Mankato, MN 56002
    • Phone: 507-389-8372
  • ImmuLink
    • Currently includes 19 clinics. Merger talks underway with St. Paul-Ramsey (see above) to create a 7-county metro system.
    • Contact: Allain Hankey
    • Address: Hennepin County Community Health, 525 Portland Ave. S., 3rd Floor, Mpls., MN 55415
    • Phone: 612-348-3045
  • Southwest Immunization Information System (SIIS)
    • Currently includes 24 medical clinics in 11 counties, expanding to 21 counties in Southwest Minnesota
    • Recently (March 1998) received a $300,000 All Kids Count grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to implement expansion
    • Contact: Steve Louwagie
    • Address: Countryside Public Health Services, 210 South 13th St., Benson, MN 56215
    • Phone: 320-843-4546


National Immunization Registry Initiative
From the National Immunization Program website: "On July 23, 1997, President Clinton called on the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Donna E. Shalala to investigate the feasibility of a network of electronically inter-connected state-and community-based immunization registries....As a result of the President's call to action, the National Vaccine Program Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Program (NIP) are proposing a series of "town meeting" workgroups with registry partners...Notices regarding the dates and locations of these "town meetings" would be published in the Federal Register and on NIP's registry web site . Proposed workgroup issues include:
  • Privacy, confidentiality, and security;
  • Funding, costs, and resource requirements;
  • Technological challenges; and,
  • Health care provider/stakeholder participation"
Testimony on Initiative for Immunization Registries
President of CCHC testified at the final federal hearing on Immunization Registries in Atlanta, Georgia on July 16 - 17. CCHC version
According to the CDC, only 13 people gave written public comments during the four public hearings:
0-New Orleans
1-Washington, D.C.
7-San Francisco
Oral testimony during the public comment period is listed under "meetings procedings."


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