High national vaccination rates and low state exemption rates remain

High national vaccination rates and low state exemption rates remain. | Courtesy of

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) recently published that most states have low vaccine exemptions levels for kindergarteners and high national vaccination rates for infants.

This data was gathered and published in two separate reports, both of which are available in the MMWR. This is important as health professionals maintain that vaccines are the best way for people to remain healthy.

The first report evaluated the exemption and coverage levels of vaccinations for children who began kindergarten for the 2014 and 2015 school year. National exemption levels maintained their low status with just 1.7 percent as a median level; state exemption levels varied from less than 0.1 percent (Mississippi) to a high 6.5 percent (Idaho). Furthermore, five states failed to meet the reporting standards in offering exemption data.

The second report evaluated vaccination rates for children between the ages of 19 months old and 45 months old in 2014. Zero percent of children received their measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), hepatitis B, polio and varicella vaccines, and less than one percent of children did not receive their vaccinations.

“Collaborative efforts are the reason our nation has been able to achieve such high coverage nationally, but much work is still needed to shield our schools and communities from future outbreaks,” Anne Schuchat, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said.

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