Minnesota child-wellness experts are encouraging parents to add vaccinations to this year’s back-to-school checklist. The percentage of Minnesota children receiving vaccinations is declining, which concerns many in the medical community.
The Children’s Physician Network, Minnesota Medical Association, and Minnesota Head Start Association are working to raise awareness as part of August’s National Immunization Awareness Month.
Minnesota vaccination rates rank poorly. Only 58.1 percent of Minnesota children ages 24-35 months are up to date on all recommended vaccines. The vaccination rate for tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough among 11- to 12-year-olds is 52 percent, which is below the national average and ranks 35th among states. Going unvaccinated puts people at an unnecessary risk of acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases. The biggest danger is to infants who are not old enough to be vaccinated and get exposed to a variety of diseases.
Source: Shakopee Valley News