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Vaccine Preventable Diseases

The Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD) Epidemiology Unit in the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section has primary responsibility for conducting vaccine-preventable disease surveillance and outbreak response in Georgia. This Unit also provides extensive epidemiologic support for the Georgia Immunization Program, by performing data analyses to determine vaccine coverage rates and analyzing vaccine-preventable disease data in Georgia, to identify trends and the need for control measures or other interventions. This epidemiologic support is critical in informing and prioritizing Georgia Immunization Program activities to most effectively target limited resources to areas of greatest need.

Overview

The VPD Epidemiology Unit conducts surveillance of the following vaccine-preventable diseases:

  • Viral Hepatitis (including hepatitis C, which is currently not vaccine-preventable)

Reporting

All of these vaccine-preventable diseases are reportable in Georgia. Physicians, laboratories, and other health care providers are required by law to report patients with these conditions to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Cases may be reported through the State Electronic Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (SENDSS), through the 24/7 reporting line, 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584), or by directly calling the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section office at the Georgia Department of Public Health, 404-657-2588.

Georgia Immunization Study

In addition, the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiology Unit is responsible for the annual Georgia Immunization Study. The Georgia Immunization Study employs a non-experimental retrospective cohort research design to ascertain the immunization coverage rates each year for all two year-old children who were born in the State of Georgia.

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