With vaccines preventing 4 to 5 million deaths per year according to the World Health Organization, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s States that Vaccinate the Most, as well as accompanying videos and expert commentary.
In order to find out which states vaccinate most, WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics, ranging from the share of vaccinated children to the share of people without health insurance to the flu vaccination rate among adults.
Massachusetts was the highest-rated state, with a score of 83.67. Mississippi was the lowest-ranked state, with a score of 18.13.
Vaccination in Florida (1=Best; 25=Avg.; 51=Worst):
According to the Experts:
What are the steps local authorities can take in order to counter the current anti-vaccination trend?
“The most important step authorities can take in order to ensure wide vaccination compliance is to enforce existing laws that mandate diphtheria, tetanus, DTaP, IPV, MMR, and varicella vaccination as a condition for enrolment and attendance at childcare facilities and schools. Schools and public health authorities can do more than just mandate and enforce vaccination requirements. They should also actively advocate for the adoption of vaccination. School systems should send reminders to parents each school year that children should be vaccinated against HPV, influenza, and COVID-19…Parents need to know how effective and safe vaccines are at preventing illness in their children. Schools should provide in-school vaccination programs.”
Purnima Madhivanan, MBBS, MPH, PhD – Associate Professor, University of Arizona
“I am a big advocate for widespread, positive, and fact-driven public health messaging. Today that is more essential than ever due to the misinformation and ubiquitous nature of social media falsities. It seems too simple, but I believe it is undervalued how powerful good widespread messaging can be. Show the stats on how many people are in the hospital with a disease that can be prevented with vaccination, interview a runner with long COVID on oxygen who has not worked out in two years, and talk to a family who has lost someone. Advertise locations for quick and easy vaccination. Then blast it everywhere on social media, billboards, TV sports games, etc. Get celebrity endorsements. Counter the negativity with facts.”
Tatiana Bailey, Ph.D. – Director of UCCS Economic Forum; Assistant Professor Attendant Rank, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
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