Nevada's childhood immunization rates improve
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- State health officials say Nevada's childhood immunization rate improved last year over 2010.
The Nevada Health Division says Nevada ranked 40th in the nation last year for vaccine coverage in children between the ages of 19 months to 35 months. That's up from 51st in 2010.
Officials say a 2009 state law that created a statewide immunization registry contributed to the improvement. The law requires all childhood, adolescent and adult immunizations to be recorded in the registry, called Nevada WebIZ.
Health officials say while they're pleased more children are being vaccinated, they intend to focus on educating parents and communities on the importance of vaccinations in avoid preventable diseases.