Immunization Outreach and Education Programs (IOEP)
Serving our community
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District's Immunization Division utilizes the Immunization Outreach and Education program (IOEP) to provide immunization services and educational opportunities to residents of all ages throughout Bexar County. All activities are designed to educate the community, parents and providers about the necessity of immunizations. The IOEP staff reviews vaccination records to identify under-immunized children and neighborhoods with low immunization rates, placing calls and sending reminder/recall cards to remind parents when their children's shots are due. Education and services are provided via three outreach and education programs: Infant/Childhood, Adolescent / Adult Program, and theImmunization/WIC Linkage Program.
The Outreach and Education Programs increase community participation, awareness, education, and partnerships through a wide range of immunization outreach activities. These are accomplished through outreach campaigns, educational and informational services, participation in local coalition activities, hepatitis B initiatives, Back-To-School immunization clinics, and national health weeks.
The WIC Linkage Program is designed to increase immunization coverage levels among WIC clients 0 through 2 years of age using immunization assessments, reminder/recall, provider referrals, and targeted education efforts. The program provides reminder/recall activities for all WIC clients assessed as behind in their immunizations.
Data gained through these programs aid Metro Health in better identifying and directing it’s resources towards the most at-risk and underserved populations in our community.
For more information, contact the Immunization Division at 210-207-8790
or Clark Petty, Senior Management Analyst at 210-207-2869.