Measles Vaccine

The measles vaccine.

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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jbundy48

Once again we're in danger of losing "herd immunity" due to those parents who are either negligent or misinformed. The religious exemption needs to be removed, unless those parents home school and don't take their children out in public. Their parents have no right to infect other people's children. BTW, measles kills 110,000 people every year worldwide.

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