US Child Vaccinations Rates At Record High
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.
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.