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Ohio ranked 49 out of 50 when it comes to childhood vaccinations

WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) - According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio is ranked 49 out 50 for children 19 to 35 months of age when it comes to immunization rates.

That number is concerning for the Wood County Health Department.

"We're actually ranked 49th out of 50 states and that was very shocking and surprising. So it's concerning to Ohio lawmakers, the Ohio Department of Health, the academy of pediatrics," said Jennifer Campos, Health Educator and PIO for the Wood County Health Department.

Campos says Ohio's vaccination exemption law could be a factor.

"Ohio is one of the state's that allows the philosophical exemption law, which means that if you are philosophically opposed to having your child vaccinated then you can just say that and you don't have to have them vaccinated," said Campos.

She also says some delay their vaccine schedule, while others pick and choose which vaccines they want.

Whatever the reason, the Wood County Health Department is working to reverse that trend by using MOBI or Maximizing Office Based Immunization. The program aims to improve immunizations rates in Ohio's children by overcoming barriers.

"For example, when parents are hesitant to get immunizations, to give them the tools to and resources so they can make an informed decision based on facts and the evidence, rather than somebody's opinion.Vaccines are the number one way to prevent disease. It's safe and effective. It's proven by the medical studies," said Campos.

The health department wants people to get vaccinated, but they also want people to make informed and educated decisions about vaccinations whether they decide to go with or without them. 

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