State health officials are urging parents to put proper immunizations at the top of their back-to-school list.
“Up our game” in the immunization department is what Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy is calling Pennsylvanians to do. That’s why the Department of Health has collaborated with the Department of Education to launch the “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate” campaign.
Its mission is to make immunizations a part of school physicals before a child enters kindergarten and seventh grade. Only 86 percent of children in the state enter kindergarten with the necessary vaccinations compared to 95 percent in rest of the country.
According to the state’s Department of Health, Pennsylvania has among the lowest vaccination rates in the country.
Earlier this year, a measles outbreak at Disneyland and the country’s first confirmed death from measles in a decade alerted health officials of a potential crisis.