ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Vaccination rates are up across the country for routine shots, but some states, including Missouri, are lagging behind when it comes to protecting against the measles.
The CDC’s Dr. Melinda Wharton says Missouri is one of 13 states to have a measles vaccination rate below 90 percent.
“That gives us concern that if measles were introduced into that state, there could be the potential for a lot of spread,” she says.
Illinois is doing better, with nearly a 92 percent rate for children to get the vaccine.
Wharton says Missouri is doing a slightly better job than the rest of the nation when it comes to the second year booster shot for diptheria, but lower than average on the Hepatitis A vaccine.
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