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Almost nine in ten Washington kindergarteners fully immunized for school

According to data released today by the Washington State Department of Health, student immunization coverage held steady. As of November of last year, just over 86 percent of kindergarteners had all the required immunizations to start school, about the same as the past three years.

From a September 4, 2019, Washington State Department of Health News Release.

According to data released by the Washington State Department of Health on September 4, 2019, student immunization coverage has held steady.

As of November 2018, just over 86 percent of kindergarteners had all the required immunizations to start school - about the same as the past three years.

About five percent of Washington kindergartners had an exemption or waiver from immunizations on file for a medical, personal, or religious reason. And seven percent were “out of compliance” with immunization requirements – meaning they didn’t have all of their vaccinations up to date or were missing paperwork.

The remaining students were “conditional,” and were getting caught up on their vaccinations or paperwork.

New state requirements related to exemptions and immunizations for students are now in effect. Information on the changes is available online. 

School immunization data was released later than normal this year as the department transitioned the data into new visualization software for easier use by the public.

You can now see immunization rates by county, school district, and school building. The latest data is found on the department’s website.

Parents and guardians can access their child’s immunization records at home by signing up for MyIR.

Washington provides vaccines at no cost for all kids up to age 19 through the state’s Childhood Vaccine Program.

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