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Washington State Wins Most Improved For Childhood Immunizations

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WASHINGTON - Washington State was recognized for its climbing immunization rates in kids throughout the state.

According to the Washington State Department of Health more and more parents are getting their kids to the doctor to get their shots.

Washington got an award earlier this week in Atlanta for being the most improved state for the number of kids getting vaccines.

The data showed that more and more kids are getting the complete series of vaccines for things like chicken pox measles and mumps.  

Health district officials think the increase is due to an increased awareness with both parents and doctors.

Between 2003 and 2006 immunizations in children went up 15 percent in Washington.

The national and state goal is to have 80 percent of kids vaccinated, but right now about 71 percent of children in the state are vaccinated so it is still below what health leaders would like to see it at.

For more information about immunizations for children go to the state health department website at www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/default.htm.