Fewer Kansas Children Being Immunized
Kansas' immunization rates declined in 2006 according to a national report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The annual National Immunization Survey (NIS) provides state-level estimates of preschool immunization coverage among 19 to 35-month-old children. This year's results mark the first year Kansas' rates have declined since 2002.
Despite this year's decline, Kansas children have been immunized at increasing rates over the last five years. The rate for the 4:3:1:3:3 series has increased 12.4 percent since 2002. The rate for the 4:3:1:3:3:1 series increased 15 percent for the same time period.