Daily Message

Sept. 2, 2014: CDC: Childhood Vaccination Rates Continue to Improve

Childhood immunization rates continue to improve, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but there remains room for improvement in vaccinating children, especially among those living in poverty.

The CDC’s 2013 National Immunization Survey – Children (19-35 months) is published in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. It shows that overall vaccination coverage nationwide reached 91.9 percent, and vaccination coverage increased or remained stable for all routinely recommended childhood vaccines in 2013. The overall rate surpasses the 90 percent goal in the Healthy People 2020 initiative.

New Jersey exceeded the national average with an overall vaccination rate of 95.6 in 2013.

According to the CDC, national vaccination rates for 2013 remained over 90 percent for the vaccines that prevent measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), poliovirus, hepatitis B and varicella, and increased slightly for rotavirus vaccine, from 69 percent in 2012 to 73 percent in 2013, and for 1 or more doses of hepatitis A vaccine from 82 percent in 2012 to 83 percent in 2013. Administration of the birth dose of Hepatitis B rose from 72 percent to 74 percent.  The percentage of children who received no vaccines remained low, at less than 1 percent of children in 2013.

However, the report also revealed lower coverage for vaccination booster doses among children living in poverty, compared to children living at or above the poverty line. These children also had lower coverage with the vaccines for poliovirus, rotavirus, and the hepatitis B series.