Immunizations on the Rise

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting that more young children are getting immunized in the United States for preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A. The bump in vaccines is a good sign for many experts, who worried that immunization levels were falling in the United States due to parental concern about the safety of vaccines.

Here’s a break-down of some of the immunization rates:

  • MMR Vaccine – +1.5%
    The percentage of children ages 19 to 35 months who received one or more doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine increased to 91.5 percent in 2010, from 90 percent the previous year.
  • Rotavirus Vaccine – +15.3%
    Rotavirus vaccinations jumped to 59.2 percent from 43.9 percent, according to the CDC’s National Immunization Survey of more than 17,000 households.
  • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib) Vaccine, Bacterial Meningitis – +12%
    The percentage of children who received the full series of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine rose to 66.8 percent from 54.8 percent. Hib disease was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among U.S. children under 5 before the vaccine.

Despite attempts from federal authorities to reassure the public of the safety of vaccines, some parents have forgone vaccinations out of concern that they lead to autism. After an investigation, experts concluded that vaccines have a low risk of side effects and there is no connect that they cause autism or type 1 diabetes, as has been speculated by some media reports.

“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,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “We recommend vaccinations because they are one of the most effective, safest ways to keep children healthy.”

Source: “Survey shows more US children getting vaccines” Reuters

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