OSDH reports vaccination, exemption rate among Rogers County kindergartners

Just over 89% of kindergarten students in Rogers County are up to date on all vaccines.

A new online tool by the Oklahoma State Department of Health provides a breakdown, by county, city, or school, of students up to date on each of the mandated vaccines.

State records indicate that there were 1,214 kindergarteners that attended one of 16 Rogers County schools.

Of those 16 schools, 14 completed the survey—meaning 96.8% of the county’s kindergarteners were represented in the data.

While 89.7% of the surveyed kindergarteners within the county were up-to-date on their vaccines, 3.1%had an exemption on file.

The health department said the interactive geographic mapping tool was created in an effort to improve transparency to the public.

“This is the first time for OSDH to release the information in such a format where the public can see results of the survey through a map to observe trends across the state,” they said. “Each school’s listing provides the percentage of kindergarten students who were up to date on each individual vaccine for polio, varicella, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP); and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Results indicate the DTaP and MMR vaccines have the lowest current coverage.”

They said school participation in the survey was optional but that they received a high-rate of participation and 92% of the state’s kindergarteners were represented.

OSDH said, “Overall, the study indicates the number of kindergarten students up to date on all vaccines increased by 1% from 90.4% in 2017-18, to 91.4% in 2018-19. Up to date rates for MMR, Hep B, and Hep A all increased when compared to last year while DTaP and Varicella rates decreased. The number of students with record of exemption for any vaccination increased by 0.2% from 2.4% in 2017-18, to 2.6% in 2018-19.”

They said the majority of the exemptions were approved for non-medical reasons such as personal or religious reasons.

Exemptions on file:

Inola Elementary: 4%

Verdigris: 4.4 5

Foyil: 0

Chelsea: 5%

Oologah: 1.7%

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