Hawaii ranks third in nation for infant immunizations

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Thanks to the efforts of healthcare providers and parents statewide, Hawaii's infant immunization rates have improved to third in the nation.

According to the 2007 National Immunization Survey, about 88% of Hawaii's children ages 19-35 months are up-to-date on their immunizations, an increase of 9% over last year.

"Immunizations are our children's best defense against diseases like pertussis and measle," said Director of Health Fukino, M.D.  "It is important to continue these efforts to reach keiki who remain unprotected against vaccine-preventable disease."

Free or low-cost vaccines are available for eligible children throughout the State.

For more information about immunizations, click on the Dept. of Heath link on this page.