U.S. vaccination programs appear to have become a victim of their own success. Because many parents have never experienced the effects of childhood diseases such as mumps or measles — let alone polio — they don’t always appreciate the health risks the diseases pose and the continuing need for vaccinations.
By the time children are 2 years old, they are recommended to have 10 different vaccinations to protect them from diseases such as chicken pox, polio, mumps and flu. But some parents who can’t afford vaccinations for their infants or are concerned about possible side effects from the shots are choosing not to have them vaccinated.
According to recent information from the Indiana State Board of Health, Jackson County fares better than the average in terms of children who have been vaccinated from 19 to 35 months with a 60 percent compliance rate. The state average is 47 percent with a median rate of 57 percent.
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