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County Fill-in-Blank News Release: State Immunization Ranking Improves

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According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Immunization Survey released recently, Oklahoma’s immunization coverage ranking for children ages 19-35 months of age improved from 22nd in the nation in 2006 to 15th in 2007. This is the highest ranking for immunization coverage ever received by the state.

The survey indicated that 78.5 percent of Oklahoma children ages 19 months through 35 months of age are fully immunized against 10 deadly and devastating diseases, including measles, whooping cough and hepatitis B. 

“This is a great step toward a healthier Oklahoma,” said Secretary of Health and Commissioner of Health Dr. Michael Crutcher. “Credit for this success goes to all Oklahoma providers. I especially want to acknowledge local county health departments for their leadership in making certain the children in their communities have access to disease-preventing vaccines.”

National immunization rankings are based on the primary series of vaccines due by 18 months of age including four doses of DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine), three doses of polio vaccine, one dose of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine), three doses each of hepatitis B vaccine and Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine, and one dose of varicella (chickenpox). 

“We are proud to be a part of the effort to help immunize Oklahoma’s children,” said _____ County Health Department Administrative Director _____.  “Vaccines are safe, effective and remain the best form of protection against many deadly diseases.”

_____ said the _____ County Health Department provides these opportunities to vaccinate children: (insert local activities/projects here).

For more information about immunizations, contact your doctor, health care provider, or the _____ County Health Department at (phone number).

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