GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- As kids get ready to head off to school, pediatritians are asking parents to check if their children are fully immunized.
According to the State of Minnesota, less than 60 percent of Minnesota children ages 24-35 months have had all the recommended vaccines.
Unvaccinated children are susceptible to potentially fatal but preventable diseases, and can also put the health of others at risk.
This spring, Minnesota experienced a measles outbreak, which affected 20 people who had not been vaccinated or were too young to be vaccinated. The outbreak originated from an unvaccinated child.
Dr. Deborah Wexler, Executive Director and founder of the Immunization Action Coalition, appeared on KARE 11 News @4 to talk about the importance of vaccinations. Wexler is a board certified family physician. She offered up the following links to parents who have questions:
When kids need to get get what shots
Free or low cost shots available through MnVFC program
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