The required vaccinations for kindergartners for school entry are being completed at a higher rate every year and this year is no different.

The rate for vaccines has continued to climb since 2008-2009 and increased by one percent to 85.5 percent, according to the Washington State Health Department. 

Secretary of Health, John Weisman, says it is encouraging having the youngest kids in school start off protected from diseases that the vaccines can prevent.

More children are getting vaccinated against pertussis, 92.4 percent according to the state health department, which will only help to curb the whooping cough epidemic that occurred last year.

The health department says the state provides all recommended vaccines for kids through age 18 with providers possibly charging an office visit and administration fee for the vaccine, but those who can't afford the administration fee can ask to have it waived.

For help finding a healthcare provider or an immunization clinic, the health department recommends calling your local health agency, visit the ParentHelp123 resource finder, call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 and go to the state health website at for more information.