2020’s States that Vaccinate the Most
from Wallet Hub, Sep 14, 2020
Vaccinations are some of the most valuable contributions to modern medicine. They have drastically reduced the prevalence of certain diseases, including polio, tetanus, measles and chicken pox. One disease, smallpox, has even been eradicated completely, with no natural cases since 1977. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the U.S., the race to develop a vaccine quickly – but with a high efficacy – is well underway. It’s likely that we could have a COVID-19 vaccine available to the public by next year.
Unfortunately, even if we develop an effective vaccine to combat the pandemic, it will have a reduced impact if people don’t choose to get it. According to Gallup, 35 percent of Americans would not get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if it were free.
The first step to getting the vast majority of Americans to take a coronavirus vaccine is to educate people on the importance of vaccines and how much good they have done for public health. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that vaccines prevented at least 10 million deaths worldwide just between the years of 2010 and 2015. A similar study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found vaccines prevented 732,000 deaths in the U.S. between 1994 and 2013, as well as eliminated $1.38 trillion in total societal costs that those diseases would have caused. Vaccines are also very safe, and according to the WHO, “so few deaths can plausibly be attributed to vaccines that it is hard to assess the risk statistically.”
Some states are better than others when it comes to vaccinating. In order to see where people are most responsible about getting vaccines, WalletHub examined the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key categories. Their data set ranges from share of vaccinated children to share of people without health insurance to presence of reported measles outbreaks….
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|(1 = Most)
|‘Children & Teenagers Immunization Rates’ Rank
|‘Adult & Elderly Vaccination Rates’ Rank
|‘Immunization Uptake Disparities & Influencing Factors’ Rank
|Lowest Share of Civilian Noninstitutionalized population without health insurance coverage
|Share of Childen under age 6 participatin in an immunization information system