The personal finance website WalletHub released its 2019’s States that Vaccinate the Most survey this week.
“We looked at all 50 states and DC across 18 different metrics,” said analyst Jill Gonzalez. “That ranges from the share of vaccinated children, to the share of people without health insurance, to simply, the amount of people getting vaccinated. Kansas was a little bit in the middle of the pack. It ranked 21st overall.”
Where Kansas really fell in the rankings has to do with teens.
“Kansas has the third-lowest share of teens with up-to-date HPV vaccinations,” said Gonzalez. “It has the fifth-lowest share with teenagers with ACWY vaccinations. When it comes to teens and kids, that’s where it could use the most help.”
It appears to be an awareness issue.
“The share of people without health insurance is relatively low,” said Gonzalez. “The share of population living in a health professional shortage area is relatively low as well. There’s not necessarily those other influencing factors stopping people from getting vaccinated.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found vaccines prevented 732,000 deaths in the U.S. between 1994 and 2013.