Many Wyoming parents question childhood vaccines

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A number of people in the past decade have declined to immunize their children, convinced they are not helpful or are even harmful.

The medical community blames recent outbreaks on the so-called anti-vaccination movement.

Wyoming Health Department spokeswoman Kim Deti tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1l91dzU) that there has been a marked increase in whooping cough in Wyoming in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that is driving up measles cases in the U.S.

She says many of the reported cases in the state have been in unvaccinated children.

According to the 2012 National Immunization Survey, 67.2 percent of Wyoming children between 19 months and 35 months were current on their vaccines. That's slightly below the national rate of 68.4 percent.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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