WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Maine attains nation's best child immunization rates

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The Maine Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the state has achieved the best childhood immunization rate in all of the United States.

Kenneth Albert, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, made the announcement based on data taken from the latest U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. The report shows that Maine has the highest vaccination rates for children and infants who are between the ages of 19 and 35 months old.

“These results are a cause for celebration and reflect an effective partnership that has been built across the state to address this important health issue,” Albert said. “Our success can be attributed to the hard work of clinicians, partners, educators and funders who have collectively made the vaccination of Maine’s children a public health priority.”

The CDC congratulated Maine on its achievement.

“We’re proud of what has been accomplished and look forward to working with our partners to build upon this success in the coming year,” Albert said.

Many health officials maintain that vaccines are the best way to prevent contracting serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. This makes Maine’s achievement a notable one.

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