Most kids get required vaccines

HealthDay News -- Most children entering kindergarten are getting their required vaccinations, according to research published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Vaccine coverage ranged from 95% for the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine to 94.7% for two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and 93.3% for two doses of varicella vaccine for the 2013 to 2014 school year.



Despite these high rates, 1.8% of children were not vaccinated, the agency reported. The rates of parents who opt out of vaccinations differ by state, from a low of 0.1% in Mississippi to 7.1% in Oregon, which continues to have the highest vaccine refusal rate in the United States.

“State and local school vaccination assessments might detect local areas of under-vaccination where disease transmission is more likely to occur,” reported the agency.

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