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Ohio Logs Better-Than-Average Childhood Vaccination Rates

CLEVELAND (AP) _ The percentage of children receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine on time has increased in Ohio, and a state official says a measles outbreak might have helped raise awareness.
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/1LzSmn9 ) reports nearly 96 percent of children between 19 and 35 months old got at least one dose of the MMR vaccine last year. That's up from 86 percent the previous year, and it topped the national rate of 91.5 percent.
The newspaper says new statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate Ohio also outpaces the national average on most childhood vaccinations.
The Ohio Department of Health's medical director says one factor in the increase may have been outbreaks, including a measles outbreak in the Amish community that infected about 375 people.

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