Immunization Survey Shows Washington’s Kids are Better Protected
From the Washington State Department of Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s annual National Immunization Survey shows Washington is better than the national average for most childhood vaccines.
The state recorded increased rates over last year for nine out of 10 vaccines and met national targets for several of those. In addition, the state surpassed its own goal of 72.6 percent completing the full childhood series of vaccines; our rate this year was just over 77 percent. For more information and specific immunization numbers, see CDC’s full survey release.
Immunization rates of toddlers in Washington are increasing, and meeting state and national public health goals.
Also encouraging is this year’s MMR vaccination rate for Washington, 95 percent, which is the highest it’s ever been in this survey and above the level needed for community protection against measles. MMR protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses.
The Childhood Vaccine Program provides vaccines at no cost to kids younger than 19, though health care providers may charge an office visit or administration fee.