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Growing number of U.S. kids with no vaccinations

November 11, 2018

By Mendy Hecht


Atlanta, Georgia — A negative public health trend has top U.S. health officials rightfully worried—according to a new report by the federal U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a small but growing proportion of the youngest children in the U.S. have not been vaccinated against any disease.

 

The report says that an estimated 100,000 young children have not had a vaccination against any of the 14 diseases for which shots are recommended.

 

While most young children—70 percent—have had all their shots, the report also says that in 2017, 1.3 percent of U.S. children born in 2015 and 2016 remained completely unvaccinated.  That’s up from the 0.9 percent found in an earlier assessment of the kids born in 2011.

 

Young children are especially vulnerable to complications from vaccine-preventable diseases, some of which can be fatal.  Additionally, failing to vaccinate children can also pose a threat to other kids’ safety.