From The Associated Press:
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - In two years, Louisiana has moved from 44th in the nation to second in the percentage of toddlers getting their vaccinations on time. Louisiana Health Secretary Alan Levine and state First Lady Supriya Jindal are celebrating the findings of the latest National Immunization Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It looked at children aged 19 months to 35 months. It found that, last year, 81.9 percent of Louisiana's children of that age had gotten all recommended vaccines by their second birthday. That's more than 12 percentage points up from 2006.
Over the same period, the national average fell nearly 1 percentage point, to 76.1 percent. Massachusetts led the list at 82.3 percent, and Ohio was third, at 81.8 percent.