TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

CDC report details U.S. childhood immunizations

A recent report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the percentage of U.S. toddlers who are receiving the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine remains above the 90 percent target range.

The report also said that there are 15 states where lower MMR vaccine uptake percentages of one- to three-year olds prevail. In addition, coverage appears to vary greatly at the local level, according to Fox News.

The CDC said that national vaccinations rates for toddlers against hepatitis B, poliovirus and chicken pox are all above the 90 percent target. For most vaccines, lower coverage rates were reported among children living below the poverty line.

Only two states, Nebraska and Hawaii, met the 90 percent target rate for the DTaP vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tuberculosis and whooping cough.

The vaccine, which is administered in four shots, was given to approximately 84.6 percent of U.S. children between the ages of one and three. Most states had coverage rates between 80 and 90 percent for the DTaP, Fox News reports.

The CDC gathered data for the report from its 2011 National Immunization Survey, which used 19,500 interviews by parents of children born between January 2008 and May 2010 and their corresponding immunization records. The results were then weighted to be nationally representative.