US Child Vaccinations Rates At Record High

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Newly released report by CDC found that overall US childhood vaccination rates were the highest in 2007 among the past few years.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examined data of 17,017 children who were between the ages of 1 to 3 during 2007. Researchers looked at the following combination of vaccine recommendations: four doses for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis; three doses for polio; one dose for measles, mumps, rubella; three doses for Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib); three doses for hepatitis B; one dose for chickenpox.

The report shows that 90% of US children got all recommended vaccines, but not all of them got the required amount of repeating vaccinations. Only 77.4% of children did so and 84.5% of children received all 4 recommended doses of diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines.

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The year 2008 saw only 1% of children who did not receive any vaccination at all.

The results are encouraging, especially after the latest rumors about MMR vaccine, when a small study was linking it to autism risk. There were many parents and caregivers who were avoiding to vaccinate children because they were concerned about health complications that may occur after a shot.

Health officials did their best to properly check all vaccines and make sure that they are safe. The next step they did was creating guidelines for pediatricians to make shots safe for children with allergies. The record high vaccination rates show that parents, caregivers and doctors trust and believe that vaccines are safe.

Childhood vaccinations save an estimated 33000 lives each year in US. They help coming generations live healthier and fight diseases globally. If every single person follows vaccination recommendations carefully, all diseases will sooner or later will be beaten.

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I believe some vaccines do help in savings some lives and do believe there is a place for some of them however, what I absolutely do not believe in, is the schedule the AAP has set forth for the vaccines. It is rediculous to give infants so many vaccines at one visit and to start so early- the day they are born for Hep B? Ummm, how is a day old infant going to contract Hep B? Pediatricians just about have a fit if you god forbid give your infant baby food before 6 months of age, yet 6 vaccines with formaldehyde and aluminum is a-ok? Give me a break. My first son was vaccinated on schedule and as a result has developmental problems that some how managed to pop up at 2-sound familiar? We are vaccinating our second son, but didn't start until he was 8 months old and we do 1 shot at a time- NO COMBO SHOTS, and wait 2 months between each shot. He will have the bare minimum to get into public school. No Hep A, no rota-virus, no mumps. The MMR will be shipped seperately to his dictor and he will get the measles shot and rubella shot as seperate vaccines! When they seperate they are dead- not a live virus. I find it ironic how they say the vaccinations in this country continue to rise, but fail to mention that so does the autism rate. And, yes, as many have said, immunity wears off over time. If you are 30+, most likely you are immune to nada! Wake up people.