Editorial: Protect infants with required immunization

Indiana and national health officials launched a campaign last month to emphasize infant vaccinations in the wake of recent whooping cough and other disease outbreaks.

While Indiana is third in the nation for adolescent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines and meningococcal vaccines, the state falls in the bottom half for on-time infant immunizations with only 61 percent of children age 19-35 months getting required shots, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess said parents sometimes wait until their children are about to enter school, where vaccinations are required for entry. That could mean putting children at risk for the months or weeks before they get the shots, he said.

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