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Guernsey County among highest immunization rates

Written by  Z. Daniel Barnett & Mike McKay

State urges Ohioans to get kids vaccinated before school year

GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio -- State health officials say that Guernsey County has one of the highest immunization rates among school-aged children in the state.

The latest data from the Ohio Department of Health shows that 98.8 percent of kindergartners in Guernsey County were fully-immunized during the 2013-2014 school year. Statistics also show that 97.2 percent of students in first-through-12th grade were fully-immunized.

Noble County reported that 97.1 percent of its kindergartners were fully-immunized. Belmont County came in at 92.8 percent.

The state said that Holmes County had the lowest number of vaccinations among kindergartners, at 78.7 percent.

Melanie Amato, spokeswoman for the Department of Health, said that the state urges parents to immunize their children:

Statistics show that one-in-10 kindergarten students in Ohio was missing at least one vaccine during the 2013-14 school year. While only two percent were not immunized due to medical or philosophical reasons, over 14,000 kindergarten students were not properly immunized across the state.

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:39
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