|October 15, 2018
Rates of Unvaccinated Children Have Quadrupled Since 2001, CDC Says
[from AMA Morning Rounds]
The Washington Post (10/11, Sun) reports data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report show that “a small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or all of their recommended vaccinations” with 1.3 percent of children born in 2017 having not received any vaccinations, up from 0.3 percent in 2001. Though the number remains small, the CDC’s Amanda Cohn said, “This is something we’re definitely concerned about.” According to the Post, the CDC data show children in rural areas and those without insurance had significantly higher rates of not being vaccinated.The AP (10/11, Stobbe) reports health officials are “worried” by the increase that means “an estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended.” That data is “from a telephone survey last year of the parents of about 15,000 toddlers.” Parents were not asked for reasons children were not vaccinated.
[The data show that in Maine, for the 2017-2018 school year, 5.7% of kindergarteners had not received the MMR vaccine and 4.7% had not received the DTaP.]< Previous Article | Next Article >
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