Vaccine exemption rates among US kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says - (CNN via NewsPoints Desk)

  • According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among young children in the country, CNN reported Thursday.

  • The report CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, summarised vaccination coverage data on about 3.6 million kindergarteners during the 2018 to 2019 school year, and found that the rates of young children not receiving vaccinations against certain diseases, including measles, continued to increase in recent years.

  • For the 2018 to 2019 school year, the national percentage of kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines was 2.5%, up from 2.3% during the previous school year and 2.1% in the 2016 to 2017 school year, the report found.

  • Children with an exemption from one or more required vaccines ranged from 0.1% in Mississippi to 7.7% in Idaho and Oregon, and 0.3% of vaccine-exempt kindergartners across the US had a medical exemption and 2.2% had a nonmedical exemption, the report found.

  • Meanwhile, vaccination coverage a for the two-dose MMR ranged from 87.4% in Colorado to at least 99.2% in Mississippi, versus the recommended coverage for MMR of at least 95%, according to the report.

  • For the diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine, coverage ranged from 88.8% in Idaho to at least 99.2% in Mississippi, while coverage for the varicella vaccine ranged from 86.5% in Colorado to at least 99.2% in Mississippi.

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