November 13, 2023
Exemption rates for kindergarten immunizations reached an all-time high this year, according to a new report from the CDC.
The data in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report highlight a growing public health concern about vaccine coverage for preventable diseases and the potential for outbreaks.
“Nationwide vaccination coverage among kindergarten students remains below pre-pandemic levels, and exemptions have increased,” the report noted. “Because clusters of under-vaccinated children can lead to outbreaks, it is important for immunization programs, schools, and providers to make sure children are fully vaccinated before school entry, or before provisional enrollment periods expire.”
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals support the commonwealth’s effort to ensure protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. The CDC report is available to review online.
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