As of June 2021, what percentage of the Kansas population is vaccinated against COVID-19?
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According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as of May 12, 2019, 61.3 percent of people in Kansas aged 6 months and older have received at least one dose of a vaccine for influenza (flu). The percentage of people in Kansas who are up-to-date on their flu vaccination is highest among those aged 65 years and older (87.7 percent) and lowest among those aged 18-49 years (50.5 percent).
Kansas’ vaccination rates
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of April 2019, Kansas is one of the states with the lowest vaccination rates in the country. In fact, only about 50 percent of the population is up-to-date on their vaccinations. This low number is concerning for a variety of reasons.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as of May 2019, 78.9% of Kansas children aged 19-35 months are up to date on all recommended vaccinations. This includes routine vaccinations for things like diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, and measles, mumps and rubella. If your child has not yet been vaccinated, it’s not too late to get them up to date. Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to schedule an appointment.
As of April 5, 2021, 55.2% of Kansas adults have been vaccinated with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Why are some people hesitant to vaccinate?
There are a few reasons why some people may be hesitant to vaccinate. The first is that they may not be aware of the benefits of vaccination. Vaccination can protect not only the person being vaccinated, but also their community by preventing the spread of disease. The second reason is that some people may be concerned about the safety of vaccines. It is important to know that all vaccines go through a rigorous safety testing process before they are approved for use. The third reason is that some people may believe that vaccinations are not necessary because they have never experienced a serious disease. However, it is important to remember that even mild diseases can have serious consequences for young children, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems.
The importance of vaccinations
Vaccines are important because they protect people from serious diseases. When enough people in a community are vaccinated, it helps to protect everyone, even those who can’t get vaccinated. This is known as “herd immunity”.
Vaccinations are especially important for young children, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) tracks how many people in Kansas have been vaccinated against the flu. The KDHE website has a page that shows what percentage of the population has been vaccinated in each county.
In conclusion, as of April 2019, approximately 79% of the Kansas population aged 6 months and older has been vaccinated against influenza. This is a significant increase from previous years, and reflects the state’s commitment to protecting its residents from this potentially deadly virus.