For having childhood vaccination rates considerably higher than the national average, Kentucky's Department for Public Health was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.
Kentucky's childhood vaccination series coverage rate was about 80.6 percent in the last two quarters of 2010 and the first two quarters of 2011. Nationwide, the rate was 73.1 percent. Kentucky was also acknowledged for improving its childhood coverage from 63.3 percent in 2007. The data were collected from the annual National Immunization Survey.
Starting July 1, 2011, immunization requirements started being imposed for infants, toddlers and school-age children that were more in line with CDC recommendations and national pediatric standards.
"We have been working to increase immunization rates among Kentucky's children for several years now, including a campaign to make the public aware of the changes to the immunization schedule that took effect last July," said acting Health Commissioner Dr. Steve Davis. "The improvement in vaccine coverage helps improve the health and well-being of our fellow Kentuckians, and particularly our children." (Read more)