According to a recent report from the CDC, most infants and Kindergartners are up to date with their vaccinations, however there are still areas in the United States where vaccinations are low.
The CDC stated that vaccination rates vary by state and by individual inoculation.
For MMR, the highest state-level coverage was observed in Maine at 97.2%, where coverage increased by 6.2 percentage points from 2013 levels. The lowest estimated MMR coverage was 84.1% in Arizona. Coverage with multiple doses also varied by state. Increases in rota virus vaccination coverage compared with 2013 levels were observed in Alabama, North Carolina, Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
The small pockets of the country where vaccinations were low is believed to have a major factor in the measles outbreak in Disneyland in 2014. Many parents chose not to vaccinate their children because they believe the myth that vaccinations can cause autism or other major health issues. This is false and not backed by any scientific research.
When parents fail to vaccinate their children disease can spread quickly. This is why vaccinations are especially important for school aged children. The CDC found that most children in school had been vaccinated and only 1.7 percent of students nationally had some type of non-medical exemption. If your children are starting school this year, make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations.
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