Oklahoma State Kindergarten Immunization Survey
Each year, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), in collaboration with the Oklahoma State Department of Education and schools throughout the state, conducts a survey to assess vaccination coverage and exemption status of children enrolled in public and private kindergarten programs.
Participation of schools in this survey is not only essential to capture immunization rates among children, but analysis of this data drives public health policy and program activities to improve vaccination coverage in our state. Aggregate results are also shared with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for inclusion in the national kindergarten survey report. We appreciate the time and effort of our education partners in participating in the annual survey.
- Vaccines provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially serious, even life-threatening diseases.
- Vaccines reduce your child's risk of infection by working with their body's natural defenses to help them safely develop immunity to disease.
- Vaccines are among the most effective ways to protect against serious diseases. Many vaccine-preventable diseases are no longer common thanks to vaccines.
- Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.
- Following the recommended immunization schedule helps you protect your child against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Discover school and county rates through an interactive map.
2020-2021 Oklahoma Kindergarten Immunization Survey
- 86% of public schools and 48% of private schools submitted responses and data.
- Responses represent 91% of students enrolled in public programs and 61% – in private.
- For the 2020-21 school year, 89% of public school kindergartners and 90% of private school kindergartners were found to be fully vaccinated.
- When examining individual vaccine coverage, the highest rates among kindergarteners were for the Varicella (1+ doses) and Hepatitis B vaccines. DTaP vaccine coverage had the lowest rates.
- Immunization exemption rates were found to be 2.3% for public schools and 5.1% for private schools.
Annual Kindergarten Immunization Survey Reports:
The detailed information for the annual survey can be filtered and reviewed through this excel sheet.
Percentage of kindergarten students with record of current vaccination by antigen type and/or exemption by county:
Oklahoma State Law
Guide to Immunization
Requirements in Oklahoma
VaxView to Provide
Vaccine Coverage Data
- Oklahoma state law requirements regarding immunization requirements for children admitted to any public, private, or parochial schools operating in the state can be found on the OK.gov website.
- All children two months of age and older must present an immunization record or file for an exemption before they are allowed to attend childcare in Oklahoma. This Guide to Immunization Requirements in Oklahoma provides essential information on the immunization and cumulative doses required for attendance in childcare and school settings.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a VaxView website to provide vaccination coverage data for all ages. Monitoring coverage for recommended vaccinations across the country helps the CDC assess how well local areas, states, and the nation are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.
For additional information, review our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us:
(For questions regarding the GIS map, please contact KSurvey@health.ok.gov)
Frequently Asked Questions
A: The survey is distributed annually for school participation.
Q: How will the Oklahoma State Department of Health know which schools or childcare facilities have children with exemptions enrolled in case of a disease outbreak that might impact enrollees with exemptions?
A: In the event of a disease outbreak that might impact any school or childcare facility in Oklahoma, a representative of the local county health department or the Oklahoma State Department of Health will contact the school or childcare with instructions on informing the parents if the disease is a risk to any students including those with exemptions.
Oklahoma's Immunization Act was passed by the state legislature in 1970.