Missouri Falling Behind On Vaccinations
COLUMBIA - Fewer than three out of four Missouri infants from families on federal benefits are likely to be vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus, or whooping cough, according to a federal health agency.
The Centers for Disease Control says of the 47,000 Missouri infants covered by Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Federal Benefits, 72 percent of the children are vaccinated for these diseases. Even though WIC benefits do not cover vaccinations, this figure is 10 percent lower than the national average.
Only Alaska and Nevada rank lower, the CDC reports.
WIC benefits provide planning, education, and other services to pregnant women and newborns based on low-income eligibility. While the benefits do not cover vaccinations, they do cover food costs and other services.
Parents can bring their child's records to a WIC agency for them to determine the need for vaccinations, but they will then refer them to an outside provider to receive them.