County OKs $10,000 for Vaccination Rate Study

Source: Ashland Daily Tidings

By: Pfeil, Ryan


Officials in Jackson County, Ore., have approved spending $10,000 for a study of immunization rates among Ashland families. With about 25 percent of schoolchildren opting out of some or all required shots, Ashland has the highest rate of nonvaccination in the state. “The study’s just part of a larger piece of work,” said Dr. Jim Shames, Jackson County Health and Human Services medical director. “We’re hoping to inform ourselves and inform the community on what the issues are.” The study, to be conducted by the Southern Oregon University Research Center, will be completed by mid-2013.