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Vax Northwest: Partnering Across Sectors to Promote Immunization as a Social Norm

In 2008, Washington State held a very dubious title. We had the highest kindergarten vaccination exemption rate in the country at 7.5 percent —5 times the national average! Immunization leadership in Washington realized that this rate represented a shift in the landscape—away from immunization as a community priority.

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