More Kids Not Getting Recommended Vaccines — CDC

Desiree Burns
October 13, 2018

The number of children who have not received vaccines for preventable diseases has quadrupled since 2001, to an estimated 100,000 individuals, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But for the third year in a row, more parents are opting their children out of school vaccinations.

A report by the CDC published Thursday analyzed the findings of a 2017 immunization survey for children aged 19-35 months. "We know there are parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids. there may be parents who want to and aren't able to" get their children immunized. Measles, for example, has been flaring up across the country even since it was declared eliminated in 2000.

The percentage of US children under 2 years old who haven't received any recommended vaccinations quadrupled in the past 17 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

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Vaccination rates have surprisingly little to do with a region's average wealth, however: MS, one of the poorest states, had the highest vaccination rate while Washington, D.C. had the lowest by far.

The global vaccination rate for diptheria, tetanus and pertussis (given in a single shot) was nearly 86% in 2017 and has been climbing fast.

While 1.3% may seem like a small figure, any rise in the number of unvaccinated children is a cause for concern, according to Dr. Amanda Cohn, senior advisor for vaccines at the CDC.

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