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Washington babies vaccinated better against certain diseases

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- New information from the CDC shows Washington toddlers are immunized against some diseases better than others.

The agency says 90 percent of toddlers in Washington are vaccinated against diseases like polio and measles. However, they fall below that number when it comes to other shots like whooping cough and chicken pox.

The Yakima Health District says childhood illnesses can lead to complications, even chicken pox can be dangerous for children.

"You don't have any way of knowing if your child ends up with complications. That's something you can't know about whether those lesions open up and get infected," says Immunization Specialist Ruth Rosenkranz.

The health district says complications can include impaired hearing or sight. Diseases like whooping cough can even cause death in small children. Two infants died this year from whooping cough in Washington.