Toddler immunization rates remain high
Approximately 90 percent or more of children between the ages of 19 months and 35 months received most routine vaccinations. According to the new government report, 91.6 percent of children in the age group received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, 93.9 percent received the polio vaccine, 90.8 percent received the varicella vaccine and 91.1 percent received the hepatitis B vaccine, HealthDay reports.
Coverage for the birth dose of hepatitis B rose from 64.1 percent in 2010 to 68.6 percent in 2011 and hepatitis A coverage increased from 49.7 percent to 52.2 percent. Rotavirus coverage grew from 59.2 percent to 67.3 percent during the same time period and Haemophilus influenzae type b coverage increased from 66.8 percent to 80.4 percent.
The results were collected in the 2011 National Immunization Survey and were reported in Thursday's issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Vaccination coverage did not vary significantly by ethnicity and race but white and black children living below the poverty level did have lower immunization rates than toddlers living above the poverty level. Less than one percent of toddlers received no vaccinations at all, according to HealthDay.
The report also found that 15 states failed to reach the measles immunization coverage rates of the Healthy People 2020 goal of 90 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged public health officials, community leaders and parents to get children the necessary vaccinations.