Many states’ child vaccination rates are falling short of federal expectations.
Although the government aims to have 95 percent of all U.S. kindergarteners vaccinated for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), acellular pertussis (DTaP), and chickenpox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found
that this is often not the case in classrooms across the country.
The 2013 CDC report found that 94.5 percent of kindergartners had received the MMR vaccine, 95.1 percent received the DTaP vaccine, and 93.8 percent received the chickenpox vaccine.
The numbers may seem close enough to the federal goal, but the report notes that “high vaccination coverage levels at the national and state levels might mask clustering of unvaccinated children at local levels where vaccine-preventable diseases might be transmitted.”
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States with lower vaccination levels are especially susceptible to disease because non-vaccinated children tend to live closest to other non-vaccinated ones. Below are 10 U.S. cities where the vaccination rates among children are low:
1. Boulder, Colorado
About 18 percent of students in Boulder Valley Public Schools do not have up-to-date immunization records. That equates to more than 5,200 children having not received the necessary vaccinations, KMGH-TV ABC 7 reported
2. Ashland, Oregon
Ashland has an immunization exemption rate of 26.45 percent, reported Ashland Child
3. Kenai, Alaska
About 42.8 percent of parents were hesitant to vaccinate their children, according to The Associated Press
. Overall, Alaska has low rates of immunizations.
4. Boise, Idaho
Vaccination rates for measles dwindle at 84.5 percent for some schools in Boise, Idaho. Others, however, have remarkably high vaccination rates. The dichotomy may be a result of Native American reservation in the region, according to USA Today.
5. Scottsdale, Arizona
Much like Boise, some schools in Scottsdale have immunization rates as low as 85 percent while others have high immunization rates, said USA Today.
6. Denver, Colorado
About 12 percent of students in Denver Public Schools, which is more than 11,200 children, have neglected to send vaccination records to their district or have records that are not up to date, reported KMGH-TV.
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7. Sacramento, California
Some schools in Sacramento have some of the lowest immunization rates in the country, according to The New York Times
. More than 160 children at one elementary school are missing their measles immunization.
8. Los Angeles, California
At the start of the school year, only 20 percent of students were fully vaccinated. Though the number is largely the result of students falling behind on their immunization schedule, the amount of religious exemptions have increased in the area, according to USA Today.
9. Grandville, Ohio
Nearly 7 percent of kindergarten students and 4 percent of newly enrolled older students have immunization exemptions in Grandville, the Columbus Dispatch said
10. Greenville, Michigan
Greenville Public Schools have a vaccination waiver rate of 15 percent, according to Michigan Live
. The area experienced a whooping cough outbreak in February, when unvaccinated children were told not to come to school. The area is also home to a large Amish population.
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