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Dept. of Good News: Vaccine Rates Up, Disparities Down, and MA Is #1!

Dept. of Good News: Vaccine Rates Up, Disparities Down, and MA Is #1!

September 15, 2006

Let's note the good news in today's paper, especially for Massachusetts. Today's Globe carries news of new data and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that childhood vaccination rates across the nation have risen significantly (can't seem to find a link to the actual report). Further good news, one year's data show the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in childhood vaccination rates.

And more, Massachusetts has the best, the very best rate of childhood immunization in America, clocking in at 91 percent. Damn, we're good! Vermont had the lowest rate at 63 percent, with a national average at about 76 percent (not an overall rate worth bragging about, really).

Can we eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities? Yes we can!