Report: Washington has high adult vaccination rates, but drops significantly for children

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For more coverage, visit our complete coronavirus section here.As the race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 is underway, health officials are emphasizing that the flu vaccine is more important than ever this year.
“The flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of getting the flu by about half, and importantly also reduces the risk for severe illness and hospitalization for those who do get the flu,” said Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin. “That will both reduce your risk for becoming ill and for needing medical attention. It also helps ensure hospitals and medical resources are available for COVID-19 patients and others who need them.”
But interestingly enough, a new Wallethub study shows a significant discrepancy in overall immunization rates between adults and children in the Evergreen State.
While the state ranked 4th in the nation for adult and elderly vaccination rates, it lagged behind at 25th in the country for vaccination rates among children and teenagers, putting children and communities at risk for transmittable diseases.

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