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South Dakota leads the nation for some vaccinations.
South Dakota leads the nation for some vaccinations.
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September 25, 2015

SD Leads Nation For Some Vaccinations

South Dakota leads the nation for some childhood vaccinations but lags on other innoculations, reports South Dakota Public Radio

The Rushmore State ranks in the top 10 for more than a dozen vaccinations, including a No. 1 ranking for the DTAP -- diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). State epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger said 98.5 percent of the state's 2-year-olds have gotten the initial DTAP vaccine. 

At the same time, the state ranks fifth for the needed follow-up DTAP and 45th for the Hepatitis A vaccine. Overall, South Dakota ranks ninth for the recommended vaccinations. 

Find detailed information on vaccination rates from the Centers for Disease Control online. 


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