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Lewis County Public Health Reports Child Immunization Rates Falling

The Chronicle - 11/19/2019

Nov. 18--Immunization rates among Lewis County five-year-olds dropped in 2019, Lewis County Public Health and Social Services reported.

Immunizations dropped to 81 percent for DTaP, 81 percent for polio, 84 percent for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), and 82 percent for varicella, or chicken pox.

Overall, Lewis County had 93 percent immunization rates, above the state average of 91 percent.

Among Lewis County sixth graders, 88 percent have received their Tdap vaccine required by law, according to Public Health.

"Immunization recommendations and schedules change because new vaccines come out that can prevent more diseases than in the past," according to a news release from Public Health.

Updated immunization information is available at: www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization.

There is no charge for vaccines for children from birth to 18 years in Washington.

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