September 2, 2011
Survey Finds More Children Receiving Vaccines
A Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report indicates that a higher percentage of children are receiving needed vaccines, despite fears that vaccines may cause autism or other health problems.The CDC reports that immunization rates for children aged 19-35 months for most vaccine preventable illnesses have increased or at least sustained high levels.
Anne Schuchat, M.D., director of CDC´s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases says, “Today´s report is reassuring because it means that most parents are protecting their young children from diseases that can cause widespread and sometimes severe harm. We recommend vaccinations because they are one of the most effective, safest ways to keep children healthy.”
According to the CDC, the 2010 National Immunization Survey (NIS) of more than 17,000 households looked at children born between January 2007 and July 2009. The survey indicates that the percentage of households giving their children vaccines increased for many treatable diseases, such as measles, mumps and rubella, rotavirus, pneumococcal disease, hepatitis A and haemophilus influenza(Hib) compared to the previous year. The survey also indicates that vaccination rates for poliovirus, varicella (chickenpox), and the full series of hepatitis B remained stable at or above 90 percent.
Dr. Schuchat said, “As recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough have shown, vaccine-preventable diseases are still around us, and it is important that health care providers, community groups, and state programs support parents in assuring that children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.”
According to the CDC, the survey indicates there are no substantial disparities between whites and minorities, immunization rates did not differ by racial or ethnic groups. Rather the report indicated that vaccination levels for minority groups were similar to or greater than those of whites.
The CDC report also found that even though there is concern among some people as to the side effects of some vaccines, less than one percent of toddlers have received no vaccinations.
On the Net:
- Complete results from the 2010 National Immunization Survey can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/.