Vaccines necessary to ward off deadly disease

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Parents of school-aged children in West Virginia are doing something right. More than 97 percent of kids in that age group have been vaccinated against deadly diseases like whooping cough and measles — a legal requirement before children enter the public school system.

But for younger kids — babies and toddlers especially — vaccination rates are much lower, the Gazette-Mail’s Lori Kersey reported. While the state has among the highest vaccination rates in the country for school-aged kids, it has the poorest rate for children younger than 3, federal statistics show.

While trends show those children eventually are vaccinated, it leaves them, and others, vulnerable…

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