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Need For More Child Immunization Across the State

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- This week is National Infant Immunization Week. Health officials across the state are brainstorming on how to better spread the message of getting every child in the state vaccinated.

Health officials say right now Washington immunization rates are high but we're not where we want to be just yet. The state and national goal is to reach vaccine coverage at an 80%.

Health officials say reaching our goal will be a joint effort.

"One of our biggest challenges right now is making sure that parents have accurate information so they can make the decisions that are best for their families, we know there's a lot of inaccurate information out there, but we know that if parents talked to their doctors they can get good information," said Michele Roberts,

Roberts also says when children get sick they're more vulnerable for other side effects. This is one of the reasons why vaccines are so important.

Washington was recently named the most improved state for child vaccination in the country.