MIAMI (CBS4) – More than 20 percent of kindergarteners in Miami-Dade County lacked complete immunizations in the previous school year, the highest percentage of Florida’s 67 counties, according to a new report.
Kids without the required vaccinations are allowed to go to class under a provisional status.READ MORE: Fort Lauderdale Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teen Girl
CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald reports that in Miami-Dade, only 76.7 percent of kindergarteners had complete immunizations in 2010-11. In Broward, the percentage was 92.9 percent; in Palm Beach it was 90.4 percent, and in Monroe County, 93.6 percent. Statewide, 91.1 percent of public school children began kindergarten in the last school year with complete immunizations.READ MORE: Housing Crisis: County Mayors To Hold Roundtable On Skyrocketing Rents
Officials don’t know why Miami-Dade’s vaccination rate is so low, but they’re concerned that the low rate puts students and their communities at higher risk of catching measles, mumps and whooping cough.MORE NEWS: 'Ride Of Silence' To Raise Awareness For Cyclists Safety On The Road
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