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Low Score For Neb. When it Come to Protection Against Disease

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Nebraska ranks among the lowest-scoring states in a new national report when it comes to protecting against infectious disease.

The report evaluates states based on 10 key areas believed to protect against infectious disease threats.

The Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Tuesday that Nebraska complied with only two of their 10 recommended criteria. Georgia and New Jersey received the same score, while all other states ranked higher.

Among its recommendations, the report said Nebraska fell short in funding for public-health services, meeting whooping-cough vaccination goals, and having a climate-change plan that considers the impact on public health.

It wasn't all bad marks for the state though. Nebraska succeeded in vaccinating at least half of the state's population in last year's flu season, and state officials were credited for having a system to transport medical samples to a public health lab at all times.

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