Colorado parents can now search vaccination rates by school

DENVER — Colorado has a new way for parents to look up information on how many children are vaccinated at their child’s school or day care.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has set up website to provide information on a child’s specific school or facility.

“Until now, the only school immunization data available from the state was based on a sample of 350 kindergartners,” Dr. Larry Wolk with the CDPHE said in a statement. “The new numbers represent almost a million children in Colorado schools and child care facilities.”

After gathering data, state officials say more than 96 percent of children in K-12 schools, preschool and child care were in compliance with vaccine rules.

Researchers said about 2.5 percent of students claimed an exemption.

Personal exemptions made up about 88 percent of exemptions. Religious exemptions accounted for about 7 percent and about 4 percent were medical.