SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A new study suggests that Utah is among the lowest in the nation when it comes to child vaccination rates with a 47.4 percent rate. A recent decline in flu shots and vaccinations is thought to be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the month of May, some states saw a 63 percent decrease overall with a 91 percent decrease for children ages two and over.
Health website QuoteWizard‘s team of analysts looked at the American Academy of Pediatrics data on child flu immunizations and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s state data on the rate of uninsured. The team found a correlation between states with high numbers of uninsured individuals and the rate of vaccinations.
For those with health insurance, it is more likely it covers at least a few immunizations or vaccines.
This is true if you get your health coverage from an employer, an insurance company directly, the federal or state “marketplace,” Medicare or Medicaid. QuoteWizard research found that having health insurance increases vaccination rates.
However, not all health plans cover these shots in the same way or to the same extent. Some cover any vaccination you might need while others only cover a handful.
Also, you don’t have to pay a dime to get immunized with some health plans. With others, you’re responsible for copayments or coinsurance costs.
QuoteWizard first compiled American Academy of Pediatrics data on child influenza vaccination rates and ranked each state. They then gathered the rate of uninsured per state from the Kaiser Family Foundation and found the difference in both rankings. Final rankings are based on states that have lowest child vaccination rates.
- Utah’s rate of uninsured residents is 10%.
- Wyoming, Florida, and Utah have the lowest rates of vaccinated children and the highest uninsured rates in the country.
- Rhode Island, Massachusett and Connecticut have the highest rates of vaccinated children and the lowest uninsured rates.
- The national average rate of vaccinated children in the United States is 58%.
- The national average of uninsured Americans is about 10%.
If your health insurance doesn’t cover flu shots or other vaccines:
- Contact your state health department. It may be able to help you find free or low-cost vaccines.
- Look for a local federally funded health center, most will provide affordable vaccines.