Tracking Immunizations One Fingerprint at a Time

February 4, 2015 12:56 AM

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Tracking Immunizations One Fingerprint at a Time

Immunizations given to children at an early age have been instrumental in helping curb vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, but keeping track of those immunizations over the long term can be challenging in the best of circumstances. How many of us have had to call a parent or contact a doctor's office to locate a personal vaccination history? Some local health departments here in the United States track vaccinations using tools such as Immunization Information Systems (IIS) and Vaccine Tracking Systems (VTrcksS). While these are useful options, it's ultimately up to the individual to maintain personal records.

In developing countries, where vaccines are often provided by mobile clinics, maintaining accurate records is even more difficult. Many children don't have immunization cards and paper records are easily lost or destroyed. As a result, the actual immunization coverage in many countries is not accura...

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