Vaccination Rates Remain High for Young Children
The vast majority of young children in the United States continue to receive routine vaccines, a new report says.
Immunization rates for children between the ages of 19 and 35 months remained at or higher than 90 percent for the most routine diseases, according to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Less than 1 percent of young children were completely unvaccinated, the report says.
"Nearly all parents are choosing to have their children protected against dangerous childhood diseases through vaccination," Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says in a statement.
Still, there are likely communities where high numbers of unvaccinated children can be found, the statement says. In 2008, there were outbreaks of measles, primarily in children who hadn't received the vaccine.
The report is based on data drawn from more than 17,000 households with children born between January 2006 and July 2008. It says coverage against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and chicken pox remained at 90 percent or higher, and that the rate of vaccination for hepatitis A and the birth dose of hepatitis B had increased significantly.
The rotavirus vaccine, which was licensed in 2006, had been given to 44 percent of the children. The percentage of those children receiving all three doses of the flu vaccine had decreased, reflecting a national shortage. That vaccine is now widely available, the report notes.
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