Childhood Immunization Rates Surpass Healthy People 2010 Goal
Childhood Immunization and Vaccination
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the nation's childhood immunization coverage rates continue at record high levels, with about 81 percent of the nation's 19-to-35-month-old children receiving all the vaccinations in the recommended series. This is the first time coverage for the base line series of vaccines (4:3:1:3:3 series) has exceeded 80 percent which also represents the Healthy People 2010 goal. Healthy People establishes goals to improve the nation's health: increasing immunization coverage is one of its goals.
In 2004, coverage for the 4:3:1:3:3 series, which includes four doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP), three or more doses of polio vaccine, one or more doses of measles-containing vaccine, three or more doses of Hib vaccine which can prevent meningitis and pneumonia, and three doses of hepatitis B vaccine, increased to 80.9 percent, compared to 79.4 percent in 2003, 74.8 percent in 2002, 73.7 percent in 2001 and 72.8 percent in 2000.
"These results are terrific news," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC. "They illustrate the tremendous progress we have