The percentage of unvaccinated toddlers in the US has quadrupled

Disease Please

Things vaccines do: train our immune systems to battle life-threatening diseases.

Things vaccines don’t do: cause health problems.

Yet like bed bugs in a seedy motel, the anti-vaccination movement in the U.S. simply refuses to die. In fact, based on a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of unvaccinated children in the nation has more than quadrupled since 2001.

Estimated linear trend in coverage with selected vaccines by age 24 months, by month and year of birth — National Immunization Survey-Child, United States, 2013–2017
Image: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Survey Says

On Friday, the CDC released a report detailing vaccination rates among U.S. children between the ages of 19 and 35 months.

Based on numbers from a 2017 survey in which officials called a random mix of cell and landline phone numbers belonging to the parents of children between the ages of 19 and 35 months, 1.3 percent of toddlers born in 2015 have yet to received any vaccines.

For children born in 2011, that figure was 0.9 percent. In 2001, it was just 0.3 percent.

Information Gap

Parents choosing not to vaccinate their children is just one reason the CDC report gives for this troubling trend. Even though many children without health insurance or Medicaid are eligible for free vaccines through the federally funded Vaccines for Children program, they were among those least likely to receive vaccinations.

Clearly, there’s a serious communication breakdown happening in our nation: either parents don’t truly understand how vaccines work or they don’t know they can have their children vaccinated for free.

In either case, this decrease in vaccination rates is contributing to an increase in cases of everything from measlesto whooping cough, and if we don’t want even higher rates of unvaccinated — and sick — children in the future, we need to do something to reverse the trend.

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By |2018-10-22T01:08:02+00:00October 22nd, 2018|

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