Why are vaccination rates for children lagging in Southwest Colorado?
Children in Southwest Colorado are less likely to have all the vaccinations required by law compared with their peers in other areas of Colorado, according to a new report released by Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition.
In La Plata and Montezuma counties, between 90.9 percent and 94 percent of students in kindergarten through 12th grade were up to date on required vaccinations during the 2016-17 school year, according the report.
The median immunization rate among K-12 students in the state was 94 percent.
“Even though it sounds like an A minus, it’s not enough to keep safe from outbreaks,” said Dr. Jessica Cataldi, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases with Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Archuleta County’s immunization rates were lower than those in La Plata and Montezuma counties. The report showed that in Archuleta County, between 58.8 percent and 90.8 percent of students had up-to-date immunizations in the 2016-17 school year.
An immunization rate as close to 100 percent as possible is key to protecting those with compromised immune systems and young children, said Tiffany Switzer, prevention health services director at San Juan Basin Public Health.
Source: Durango Herald