Vaccine coverage among young children stabilizes, improves in 2013

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed vaccine coverage among children ages 19-35 months remained stable or improved last year.

According to the CDC's 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS), vaccination coverage-though varied by state-remained stable or increased for all routine recommended childhood vaccines.

Coverage for measles, mumps, rubella, poliovirus, hepatitis B and varicella remained at more than 90 percent and increased slightly for the rotavirus and hepatitis A vaccines.

Less than one percent of children received no vaccines at all. Coverage for booster shots was lower for children living in poverty and black children.

The CDC stressed the importance of vaccinating children against potentially serious diseases to protect the child and the community in which they live.

"I want to personally recognize the hard work of doctors and nurses coping with many challenges in the course of clinical work, and commend parents who, despite competing responsibilities, continue to prioritize immunization to keep their children healthy and safe," Anne Schuchat, the director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. "These people are central in keeping young children healthy by ensuring they receive the recommended vaccines on schedule."