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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 27, 2018

Unvaccinated Children

JAMA. 2018;320(20):2069. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17829

A small but growing number of US children remain unvaccinated at 24 months, according to data from the CDC’s 2017 National Immunization Survey of childhood vaccination.

The report found that vaccine coverage for US children remained high with more than 90% of children receiving three or more doses of poliovirus vaccine, one or more doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, three or more doses of hepatitis B vaccine, and one or more doses of the varicella vaccine. The percentage of children receiving no vaccines by 24 months grew from 0.9% (29 300 children) for children born in 2011 to 1.3% (47 700 children) for children born in 2015. Uninsured children were more likely to be unvaccinated (7.1%) than those with private insurance (0.8%). The authors note that children without insurance or with Medicaid are eligible for free vaccinations through the Vaccines for Children program.