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The Centers for Disease Control says Indiana ranks well when it comes to childhood immunizations, according to the CDC National Immunization Survey released today.
The 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 percent. She says that comes as the CDC has noted a rise in measles cases.
“Even though we don’t see them as much anymore, every year, we still do see cases in unvaccinated kids,” Cohn says. “So the benefit of being vaccinated and protecting your kids against diseases is really enormous.”
About 68.5 percent of Hoosier toddlers have received vaccinations that protect them against 14 different diseases like measles, chicken pox, pertussis, which is in line with the national average.
Cohn says that means parents have been maintaining the optimal schedule for getting proper immunizations and mainly, crucial booster shots for their kids.