New Mexico vaccination rates reach record high

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico health officials say vaccination rates among toddlers reached an all-time high last year.

The state Health Department says New Mexico now ranks 10th in the nation for vaccinations among children between the ages of 19 months and 35 months.

New Mexico’s rate for the vaccine series that covers illnesses such as whooping cough, tetanus, polio, measles and mumps was 75.9 percent in 2014. That’s up from 65.7 percent in 2013.

Health Department spokesman Kenny Vigil says the measles outbreak earlier this year helped to raise awareness and the state is interested to see what effect that will have on 2015 rates.

New Mexico is one of nine states that purchase all vaccines for children. Public health offices across the state provide vaccinations for children who are uninsured or otherwise unable to get vaccinated.

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