Student vaccination numbers falling behind the CDC goal

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – While most of the back-to-school attention in August is centered around getting school supplies and registering for classes, it’s also important to remember to include a visit to the doctor to update vaccinations.

According to new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many states are falling behind on the amount of students who are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

The CDC rankings estimate that of the almost 73,000 kindergarten students in Alabama, 91.9 percent are up to date.

That figure falls below the CDC’s goal of 95 percent or higher.

Almost all kindergarten students around the nation are up-to-date, though.

The highest vaccination rate is in Mississippi, where 99.9 percent of children starting kindergarten have their shots up-to-date.

However, the numbers for Colorado are lacking. Only 83 percent of students in The Centennial State are caught up on their vaccinations.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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