The percentage of South Dakota kindergarten students fully vaccinated for each of six vaccine-preventable diseases was 98 percent or higher, above the national rate and above all but a handful of states.
South Dakota's rates for individual vaccine for kindergarten students during the 2005-2006 school year include:
Polio 98.9 percent; Diphthe-ria/Tetanus/Pertussis 99.0percent; Measles 98.2percent; Mumps 98.2percent; Rubella 98.2 percent; Varicella (chickenpox) 99.9 percent.
� "This is wonderful news for South Dakota and a credit to the vaccine providers who work so hard to protect our children from measles, pertussis and other serious illnesses," said Bonnie Jameson, disease prevention administrator for the Department of Health.
South Dakota's coverage rates for the six vaccines meet the national health objectives for 2010 of achieving and sustaining greater than 95 percent vaccination coverage among children in kindergarten through first grade for vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.