Report Gives Colorado Middling Grade For Infectious Disease Preparedness

A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives Colorado a middling grade for its ability to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases.

It looked at policies to respond to infectious disease threats in 10 categories. Colorado did well in half of them.

“It fell short on a couple of vaccination, immunization related indicators," said Rich Hamburg with the Trust for America’s Health. "The vaccination rate in the state for those 16 months and older was only 49 percent."

The state also fell short for HIV and AIDS surveillance and having finished a climate change adaptation plan.

The report gives Colorado good marks for public health funding, food safety and biosafety training.