Okla. ranked last in on-time infant vaccination

Oklahoma babies are ranked 50th in the nation in getting their first critical vaccinations on time, according to the Oklahoma Department of Health.

The most recent survey shows that 70 percent of infants and toddlers in the state are up-to-date with the primary series of vaccinations, but the state is last when it comes to the percentage of babies who get their first DTaP on time at two months old. The DTaP vaccination protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, Fox 23 reports.

"It is critical that infants receive their baby shots on time, because they do not have any protection against these diseases until they are vaccinated," Bobbie Nubine, the chief of immunization services for the Oklahoma State Department of Health, said, according to Fox 23.

Vaccinations are due for infants when they reach two, four, six and 12 to 15 months of age. Special events will be held by the state's immunization coalitions during National Infant Immunization Week, which runs from April 21 to 28.

"National Infant Immunization Week reminds us that new babies need the protection vaccines provide," Nubine said, according to Fox 23. "A baby's first immunization visit should be scheduled at two months of age. We encourage parents to talk to their doctor or visit their local county health department to make sure their baby is up-to-date on immunizations."