Four of the top five states that vaccinate the most are in the Northeast.
That’s according to personal-finance website WalletHub’s report released Monday analyzing all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, across 16 metrics.
Massachusetts topped the list, with Rhode Island close behind. Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut round up the top five.
The report found that Massachusetts has the highest influenza vaccination coverage for children aged six months to 17-year-olds in the country. The Bay State’s rate is more than two times higher than the state with the lowest vaccination rate in the category, Wyoming.
Rhode Island leads the way in two categories — the highest share of teenagers (13-17 age group) with up-to-date HPV vaccination and the highest rate of adults with flu shots. Mississippi fared the worst in both metrics.
The report also found that Mississippi placed on the bottom in two other categories — share of teenagers with the meningitis ACWY vaccine and adults over the age of 60 with a Zoster vaccine. South Dakota topped both metrics, with a rate twice the Magnolia state.
Minnesota had the highest share of adults with the tetanus vaccination and the highest share of children (aged between 19 to 35 months) who are living in poverty with the combined 7-vaccine series.
The report comes a month after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the rate of vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) for kindergarteners has dropped to 93 percent, two points lower than the healthy target rate of 95 percent.
WalletHub came up with the report by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia and how each of them fared across three dimensions — adult and elderly vaccination rates, children and teenagers immunization rates and factors influencing immunization disparities. These were evaluated through 16 weighted metrics to determine the rankings.
2. Rhode Island
7. North Dakota
9. New Hampshire
14. North Carolina
19. South Dakota
21. District of Columbia
24. New Mexico
36. New York
37. South Carolina
40. New Jersey
42. West Virginia