The rate of kindergartners in North Dakota getting up-to-date vaccinations has increased from last year.
Results from an annual school immunization assessment show that kindergarten vaccine rates have increased from about 91 percent last year to about 94 percent this year, according to a news release from the North Dakota Department of Health.
In recent years, when vaccination rates in the state were low, the Health Department partnered with North Dakota State University’s Center for Immunization Research and Education to increase public awareness of vaccinations and school immunization requirements.
The Health Department credits that partnership to the increase in kindergarten vaccination rates.
“This is great news for the state of North Dakota, but there is still room for improvement. It is necessary to reach immunization coverage of 95 percent or higher to maintain adequate immunity to prevent disease and ensure schools are a safe and healthy environment for students,” Lexie Barber, an epidemiologist with the Health Department, said in the release.
For more information on immunization requirements, visit www.ndhealth.gov/immunize.