Data shows high vaccination coverage in Colorado schools

DENVER – More than 96 percent of Colorado students are in compliance with school immunization rules, according to data released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The data also shows 93.4 percent of students for 2016-2017 school year received all-age appropriate doses, which is slightly above the national average.

But not every student gets the required vaccines. Parents in Colorado can exempt their student based on personal, medical or religious reasons.

The state health department says personal reasons made up 88.1 percent of the number of students exempt from the required vaccines. Religious exemptions accounted for 7.4 percent, and medical exemptions were 4.5 percent.

Parents wanting to know where their school stands when it comes to vaccine exemption rates can now access the department’s school and child care immunization data website.

 

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