Why Are Vaccine Rates Plummeting in Sutter County?
It’s been just over a year since California’s new vaccine rule took effect and, as hoped, data shows immunizations are up dramatically across the state. But there is one notable exception that has experts scratching their heads: Sutter County.
The quiet agricultural region just north of the state’s capital is the only county in California to have seen a decline in the number of seventh graders receiving Tdap vaccines which protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Immunizations among its kindergartners also fell last year.
Officials aren’t sure what’s causing the vaccine abstinence, but they’re determined to find out. Health and school officials recently met to discuss the findings, including possible reasons and solutions to the problem.
“We are very concerned about it,” said Sutter County health officer Dr. Lou Anne Cummings. “The immunization of our school children not only protects the kids but the entire community.”
Read more at the Sacramento Bee.