CDC: State’s vaccination rates for kids some of best in US – KSFY









SIOUX FALLS – Federal health officials say South Dakota’s childhood immunization rates are among the highest in the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the results of its annual immunization survey. The survey tracks vaccination coverage among children aged 19 to 35 months.

The survey found South Dakota had the highest coverage rate in the nation for polio and Haempophilus influenza B, or “Hib” disease. The state also had rates in the top 10 in the country for 11 other vaccines tracked by the survey.

State epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger says South Dakota’s high immunization rates are the reason the measles outbreak in Mitchell this year did not spread far in the community.

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