North Dakota ranks first in early childhood vaccinations


When it comes to vaccinating infants, North Dakota comes out on top. This is according to a study put out by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

86% of North Dakota children up to 3 years old received the CDC-recommended immunizations for their age range. That’s 9% above the national average of 77% It has been a controversial topic the last few years with reports of vaccines linked to conditions like autism. But one doctor says North Dakota seems to be focused on vaccine education.

“I think it is a combination smaller state, easier to pass information along, having a good health department that’s working with physicians, and educating them all the time,” said Sanford Health pediatrician Dr. Rafael Ocejo.

Two states among the lowest rate in infant vaccinations are Nevada and Maine.

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