September 16th, 2010
12:40 PM ET

CDC: Vaccination rates in toddlers remains high

Vaccination rates in young children remain high, according to a CDC report released Thursday.

"Nearly all parents are choosing to have their children protected against dangerous childhood diseases through vaccination," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director of the National Center for Immunication and Respiratory Diseases at CDC.

According to the National Immunization Survey (NIS), more than 90 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months are getting all of the appropriate vaccinations. "Fewer than 1 percent of young children got no vaccines at all," Schuchat said.

Vaccinations rates for polio, the measles-mumps-rubella, hepatitis B and chickenpox remain above 90 percent, but a shortage of Hib vaccine contributed to a drop in children receiving this type vaccination.

In recent years, concerns about vaccine safety among children and the link between vaccines and autism have been debunked, but Schuchat says the CDC is aware that concerns still exist.

"While it's encouraging to see immunization rates remaining high, we know that parents have questions about vaccines and we must continue to educate parents about the importance of vaccination to help avoid future resurgences in serious, preventable illnesses," Schuchat said.

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