Childhood immunizations down by 11 percent in Mahoning County

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) –  The number of children receiving the complete schedule of childhood immunizations is down by 11 percent in Mahoning County.

Typically, the county sees about an 89 percent compliance rate. That has dropped to 78 percent.

Mahoning County Health Commissioner Pat Sweeney said some of the decline can be attributed to what she calls “junk science.” Sweeney said parents read things about immunizations that may not be true and then base their decision on whether or not to get their child vaccinated based on that.

Statewide in 2013 (the latest available data from the Ohio Department of Health) an average of 89 percent of children in Ohio received a full schedule of vaccinations through 35 months.

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