Child Vaccination Rates

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Mississippi leads the nation in the number of school-age children who receive vaccinations. That is good news considering the spread of measles in recent months. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the states success in childhood vaccinations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Mississippi has the highest vaccination rate in the nation for school-age children, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

For the 2013-14 school year, 99.7 percent of the states kindergartners were fully vaccinated. The state Department of Health has a strict mandatory vaccination law for school-age children.

Even though the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine does a lot to protect people from the measles, some people choose not to be vaccinated against the highly infectious, sometimes deadly disease. Colorado was last in vaccination rate with more than 18 percent of the states kindergartners not receiving vaccinations.

The CDC recommends all children get two doses of the MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months and the second at 4 to 6 years of age. Nationally, 92 percent of children aged 19 to 35 months have received the recommended dose.

Most of the people who get measles are unvaccinated, and the illness can spread when it reaches parts of the country where groups of people are unvaccinated.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.