Immunization Reporting is Now Mandatory
In our March 2013 issue of Blue Review, we explained the importance of reporting immunizations for children and adults in New Mexico. On April 1, 2013, Governor Martinez signed legislation making it effective on June 14, 2013 that:
"Physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers shall report on immunization to the immunization registry unless the patient, or the patient's guardian if the patient is a minor, refuses to allow reporting of this information."
This change in law means that entering immunization data into the New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System (NMSIIS) is required and no longer optional. The change also means that we will better serve New Mexicans by creating a complete immunization record for each of them.
In the coming weeks, a training schedule and registration forms will be provided at www.immunizenm.org . You can begin your registration process by emailing a request to the NM Department of Health Helpdesk asking to become an active NMSIIS site.
Please feel free to email any questions about the change in the law or training registration using the DOH Helpdesk.
Thank you for your efforts on behalf of our communities. You are among those who support our public health efforts through your immunization practices. When we can ensure that all New Mexicans are up to date with their immunizations, we can take satisfaction in knowing that we are supporting their good health and the prevention of infectious diseases in our communities.