Missouriís low vaccination rate leaves children vulnerable, experts say

October 11, 2010
by Alan Bavley
Kansas City Star


Missouri has fallen woefully behind the rest of the nation in vaccinating preschool children, which health experts say leaves the state’s children vulnerable to a resurgence of infectious diseases.

Just 56.2 percent of Missouri children 19 to 35 months old received all their recommended shots last year, according to new survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That compares with a national rate of 70.5 percent. The highest level of full vaccination coverage — 78.1 percent — was in Missouri’s neighbor to the north, Iowa. The rate in Kansas, 71.7 percent, was statistically similar to the U.S. figure.


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