The Immunization Assistance Program (IAP) is part of the Family Health Division in Public Health Services for the Orange County Health Care Agency.
IAP assesses and supports immunization infrastructure in County public health clinics, community clinics, schools, and day care centers. IAP is a member and supporter of the Orange County Immunization Coalition (OCIC).
IAP participates in State and Federal programs including:
Vaccines for Children(VFC)—A Federal program that offers vaccines at no/reduced cost for eligible children through VFC-enrolled doctors. Vaccinating on time means healthier children, families and communities.
Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program—The County of Orange participates in a statewide perinatal hepatitis B prevention and case management program for infants born to mothers who are carriers of the Hepatitis B virus. The program coordinates the testing and immunization of susceptible family members and household contacts. To learn more about this program, contact the Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator at 714-834-7888 or visit the State program website.
California Immunization Registry (CAIR)—Immunization registries are confidential, computerized information systems, which enable providers to track and update immunization records, assess which vaccinations are due, and identify which patients should receive reminder notices. Immunization registries offer opportunities for providers to have access to the most up-to-date immunization records for their patients. By utilizing immunization registries, providers can also work to achieve the goals of decreasing rates of under and/or over-immunization and increasing rates of vaccination coverage within their community. Immunization registries are also important for parents/patients who have lost or misplaced their immunization record. The California Immunization Registry (CAIR) is available for free to all health care providers who give immunizations as well as other organizations, such as schools and WIC agencies that have immunization requirements and/or provide assessment and referral for immunizations. By increasing the number of health care providers using CAIR, Orange County can achieve the goal set by Healthy People 2020, to enroll 95% of children from birth through age five in an immunization registry by 2020. With the help of immunization registries, together we can ensure that children’s vaccinations are up to date, minimize missed vaccination opportunities, and help our children to stay healthy and disease-free. For more information about CAIR, please visit: www.cairweb.org/.