Latest Vaccination Data "Very Reassuring"

New data about vaccination rates finds the number of immunized children has been increasing across the country and in the Houston area. More on the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Calling the data "very reassuring" Dr. Jane Seward with the CDC says, nationally, 90% or more of children from 12 to 35 months have most of the vaccines that protect against 14 childhood diseases.

The news is even better for the Houston area.
 
"For MMR vaccine you're at 94%, which is above the national average of 91.5%, so that's really excellent.  And for other vaccines you're really at or above for all of them, so you're doing really well."

For all this good news there is a flip side, says Dr. Seward.

"One child in 10 or 10% of children at this age are not vaccinated on time."

Dr. Seward says vaccination efforts must strive for rates as close to 100% as possible because these diseases can and do still occur.  She says for parents who can't afford vaccinations, there's a federally funded program that can provide them at no or low cost.

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