Discover the Top Vaccination States: Northeast Leads the Way in New Rankings

A recent report released by personal-finance website WalletHub has revealed that four out of the top five states with the highest vaccination rates are located in the Northeastern United States.

Massachusetts takes the top spot on the list, closely followed by Rhode Island. The rest of the top five includes Iowa, Vermont, and Connecticut.

The report also highlights specific achievements in each state. Massachusetts boasts the highest influenza vaccination coverage for children aged six months to 17 years in the entire country, with a rate more than double that of Wyoming, which has the lowest vaccination rate in this category.

Rhode Island leads in two categories: the highest share of teenagers (age 13-17) with up-to-date HPV vaccination and the highest rate of adults receiving flu shots. On the other end of the spectrum, Mississippi ranks the lowest in both of these metrics.

Mississippi also fares poorly in two other categories: the share of teenagers with the meningitis ACWY vaccine and the share of adults over 60 with a Zoster vaccine. South Dakota takes the top spot in both categories, with a rate twice as high as that of Mississippi.

Minnesota boasts the highest share of adults with the tetanus vaccine and the highest share of children (aged 19-35 months) living in poverty who have completed the 7-vaccine series.

This report comes in the wake of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) findings that the vaccination rate for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) among kindergarteners has dropped to 93 percent, falling short of the healthy target rate of 95 percent.

WalletHub conducted the report by evaluating the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three dimensions: adult and elderly vaccination rates, children and teenagers’ immunization rates, and factors influencing immunization disparities. A total of 16 weighted metrics were used to determine the rankings.

Here is the complete ranking from the WalletHub report:

  1. Massachusetts
  2. Rhode Island
  3. Iowa
  4. Vermont
  5. Connecticut
  6. Washington
  7. North Dakota
  8. Wisconsin
  9. New Hampshire
  10. Colorado
  11. Maine
  12. Maryland
  13. Pennsylvania
  14. North Carolina
  15. Minnesota
  16. Virginia
  17. Oregon
  18. Nebraska
  19. South Dakota
  20. Utah
  21. District of Columbia
  22. Kansas
  23. Michigan
  24. New Mexico
  25. Delaware
  26. Illinois
  27. California
  28. Missouri
  29. Ohio
  30. Montana
  31. Arkansas
  32. Kentucky
  33. Tennessee
  34. Indiana
  35. Idaho
  36. New York
  37. South Carolina
  38. Florida
  39. Hawaii
  40. New Jersey
  41. Louisiana
  42. West Virginia
  43. Alabama
  44. Nevada
  45. Texas
  46. Oklahoma
  47. Wyoming
  48. Georgia
  49. Arizona
  50. Alaska
  51. Mississippi

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