CDC releases report on vaccine coverage for kindergarteners

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Friday, giving the statistics of vaccine coverage for kindergarteners in the 2012-2013 school year.

The CDC reviews vaccine coverage for kindergarteners annually for 48 states plus Washington, D.C. The report examined the number of kindergarteners that received vaccinations, if those were congruent with national recommendations and how many children were exempt.

For the 2012-2013 school year, a median of 94.5 percent of kindergarteners received two doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine; 95.1 percent received local requirements of diphtheria, tetanus toxoid and acellular pertussis immunization; 93.8% for two doses of varicella vaccine for awardees with a two-dose requirement with forty-nine states and D.C. reporting a median total of 1.8 percent exemption rates.

The research is conducted to see if the nation is on track to meet the Healthy People 2020 goals of attaining 95 percent immunization coverage for two doses of the MMR vaccine, 4 doses of DTaP+ vaccine and two doses of varicella vaccine.

The report expressed concern for high exemption levels in school, which increase the risk of disease. The report also serves to identify where campaigns to educate people on vaccinating their children, or other communicative strategies, will be most effective by indicating areas that are high in exemption.