CDC Reports Find Low Levels of Vaccine Exemption and High Vaccination Rates Nationally

CDC Reports Find Low Levels of Vaccine Exemption and High Vaccination Rates Nationally
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August 28, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that vaccine exemption levels for kindergarteners are low for most states and infant vaccination rates are high nationally.

The data is from two reports published this week that looked at vaccination coverage and exemption levels among children entering kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year. The second report looked at vaccination rates amount children ages 19 months to about three years old.

The CDC says that that nationally exemption levels remain low with a median level of 1.7 percent. State exemptions, however, range from a low of less than 0.1 percent in Mississippi to a high of 6.5 percent in Idaho. Five states didn't meet the reporting standards for providing exemption data.

For toddlers, vaccination coverage remained high: More than 90 percent for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), polio, hepatitis B, and varicella. The percentage of children who did not receive vaccinations remained at less than 1 percent.

The report also found that the number of states providing exemption data online increased from 18 in 2013 to 21 in 2014.

High vaccination rates are crucial to maintain herd immunity, which protects those that aren't vaccinated, including infants and those who have suppressed immune systems.

As of Aug. 21, there were nearly 190 cases of measles that spanned 24 states. More than 60 percent, 117 cases were linked to an outbreak that started in Disneyland and spread quickly through communities with high numbers of unvaccinated people.

More information about vaccines can be found on the CDC website.