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County Conducting Vaccination Survey



Some local residents may be getting a call from the County Health and Hu­man Services Agency’s Immunization Program in the coming months.

Residents’ responses will help the County determine how many people are up-to-date on immunizations.

Eleven interviewers will be calling residents Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The interview­ers speak six different languages: Eng­lish, Spanish, Tagalog, Hindu, Korean and Chinese.

The phone interviews take from 5-20 minutes. If the interviewer calls residents at an inconvenient time, they can make appointments to complete their surveys over the phone at a dif­ferent time.

Phone calls are made using Ran­dom Digit Dialing, where interviewers make phone calls to randomly selected phone numbers and ask participants about their knowledge, attitudes and beliefs on vaccinations. Information provided by participants is kept confi­dential.

The phone calls started in early July and will continue until June 30, 2017.

“Our goal is to complete more than 3,000 surveys over the next 11 months,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “To ac­complish this goal, interviewers are likely to make more than 350,000 calls.”

The results of the survey will pro­vide valuable data to determine what proportions of infants, pregnant wom­en, adolescents, adults and seniors living in San Diego County are fully immunized. The information collected is used to plan education and outreach programs that help inform our San Di­ego communities about how to protect themselves from vaccine preventable diseases.

For more information, contact the San Diego Immunization Program at 866-358-2966.



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