By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – Three more vaccines are available free to all Wyoming children, thanks to expanded coverage under a state program. Any Wyoming child under age 19 can now get vaccinations for diphtheria, whooping cough and meningitis. Girls can also receive a vaccine for cervical cancer. Wyoming Immunization Program's education and outreach manager Andrea Clement-Johnson says, these vaccines are an important part of getting ready to go back to school.
"We think sometimes of some of these illnesses as not being that common. It's still really important to protect ourselves and our children from them because they still do occur," she said.
There was an outbreak of four cases of whooping cough in Wyoming in 2000.