Alaska immunization rates fall; state asks why

Apr 23, 2013 -- 10:30am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska health officials say fewer Alaska parents are choosing to immunize their children against preventable diseases. State public health specialist Margaret Young tells the Anchorage Daily News that a state survey indicated immunization rates are falling and the state wants to know why. A 2011 national survey ranked Alaska 39th for immunizing toddlers. The state survey targeted a sample of mothers of 3-year-olds. It asked if they had ever delayed or declined vaccine or immunization shots. More than half of the respondents said too many shots are given at once. More than 40 percent said shots were given too early and 28 percent said they worried that the shots' disadvantages outweighed the benefits.

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