Indiana Keeping Up With National Vaccination Average

Aug 29, 2014

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The Centers for Disease Control says Indiana ranks well when it comes to childhood immunizations.

The CDC released its National Immunization Survey Thursday.

he survey says the entire nation did better in 2013 than in 2012 in immunizing infants between the ages of 19 months to 35 months of age.

CDC Pediatrician Dr. Amanda Cohn says Indiana‘s measles coverage is 92%.

She says that comes as the CDC has noted a rise in measles cases.

Cohn says 68.5% of Hoosier toddlers have received vaccinations that protect them against 14 different diseases like measles, chicken pox, pertussis.

She says that figure is in line with the national average.

"Even though we don't see them much anymore, every year will do see cases of these diseases in unvaccinated kids," says Cohn. "So the benefit of being vaccinated and protecting your child against diseases is really enormous."

Cohn says that means parents have been maintaining the optimal schedule for getting proper immunizations and mainly, crucial booster shots for their kids.

She says it‘s very important for parents to make sure their kids are vaccinated on time.

Cohn says vaccines have a very long, safety record and millions of doses have been given and they prevent thousands of deaths each year in the U.S.

She says kids who aren‘t vaccinated are at greater risk for developing ailments that have long been brought under control.