The challenge and potential of childhood immunization registries

Annu Rev Public Health. 2003:24:227-46. doi: 10.1146/annurev.publhealth.24.100901.140831. Epub 2001 Nov 6.


Recent efforts to attain near-complete coverage of child populations by recommended vaccines have included initiatives by federal and state agencies, as well as private foundations, to develop and implement statewide or community-based childhood immunization registries. Plans for a single, national registry have been set aside in favor of a national network of local and state registries linked through the use of common definitions and unique child identifiers. However, both operational/technical and financing difficulties have slowed their development. The experience to date in selected areas has provided useful lessons for further development of a registry system and has underscored the potential of such systems to assure the success of childhood immunization initiatives.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child Welfare
  • Child, Preschool
  • Confidentiality / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs*
  • Public Health Informatics* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Registries*
  • United States