Efforts Being Made To Increase Vaccination Rates
A push is on to get more children immunized in Texas. Town hall meetings are being held around the state. One of those meetings was held in Bexar County on Tuesday.
“There are challenges related to childhood immunization rates according to the 2014 national immunization survey results that are published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said Rehka Lakshmanan, Director of advocacy and policy for The Immunization Partnership. “Only 66 percent of those children in Bexar County received and completed the seven vaccine series that’s needed, which means that a little over 30 percent of young children in Bexar County in particular are not fully protected against vaccine preventable diseases.”
Lakshmanan says some people are getting misinformation from the internet.
“We just encourage parents and individuals to go to credible sites and to resources and listen to their physicians and to their healthcare providers in terms of taking care of their children’s health because that misinformation can lead to a lot of myths which can lead to more and more parents opting their children out of vaccines.”
After holding more meetings around the state The Immunization Partnership will draw up a proposal and a plan in the fall.