KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – More kids in Whatcom County are getting the vaccines they need to enter school.
For the current school year, 83.6 percent of local kindergartners had all the vaccines required for school.
That’s more than 4 percent over the previous school year.
Over 5-percent of kids have been exempt from the vaccine requirements because of their parents’ personal or philosophical beliefs.
Michelle Roberts with the Washington State Department of Health says immunization is one of the best things a parent can do to keep their kids healthy.
She says the recent whooping cough epidemic in Washington State is a reminder that diseases can be deadly for children who aren’t immunized.
Whatcom County still lags behind the statewide vaccine rate by 2 percent.
Statewide vaccines have seen a 1 percent increase from last year.