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Report: Vaccine exemption rate at some Oklahoma schools tops 20%

Almost 1,200 kindergartners in Oklahoma declined one or more mandated immunizations during the 2017-18 school year with exemption rates at some schools surpassing 20%, according to a state Health Department survey.

Figures obtained by the Tulsa World from the state Department of Health indicates around 90% of kindergartners have gotten their up-to-date vaccinations, although inoculation rates are substantially reduced at a few individual schools.

One pediatrician noted the portion of kindergartners who are unvaccinated at some Oklahoma schools illustrates a need for sustained work by health officials to accomplish the national vaccination objectives. The U.S. goal is to reach a 95% full vaccination rate.

Read the full article at the Southwest Times Record.

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