Year after year, the majority of children in the US are vaccinated against preventable illnesses, in spite of that a considerable number of kids remain unvaccinated, posing a threat to the health of their community.
According to the study initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014, only 1.7% of the kids in America are not vaccinated annually, although it was obligatory. This rate differs from state to state. For example, 6% of the parents from Idaho, required exemptions for their children. Many states still grant parents the right to opt out vaccine regulations for preschool kids for religious, medical or moral reasons. As of July, 2016, California, Vermont and a few other states will no longer allow such personal exemptions.
This year, only 17% of the people who suffered from measles got vaccinated and parents use that fact in order to justify their choice not to have their kids vaccinated. Reports say that the measles outbreak sickened more than a hundred people this year. Seeing the situation, lawmakers from states all around the country, including California, are attempting to tighten exemption rules for school vaccination. States such Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma all went through significant increases of vaccination rates in 2014 because of that.
New data analyses of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that last year many children all across the state were not even vaccinated on time. After a second report from CDC on Thursday, it was found that over 90% of toddlers aged 1-3 years received vaccinations for the circulating viruses. CDC spokesman warned the parents of the children that did not receive vaccination for measles earlier this year that they should know what is going on and take proper measurements.
Vaccination rates tend to be lower for vaccines administrated in more than just one dose, a team of experts at CDC said. Although the number of unprotected children is on the rise and poses a big public health threat, the majority of US children in preschool are inevitably vaccinated against preventable illnesses.
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