Thou­sands of U.S. chil­dren get no vac­cines: sur­vey

Times Colonist - - Life -

NEW YORK — Wor­ried health of­fi­cials said a small but grow­ing pro­por­tion of the youngest chil­dren in the U.S. have not been vac­ci­nated against any dis­ease.

They said an es­ti­mated 100,000 young chil­dren have not had a vac­ci­na­tion against any of the 14 dis­eases for which shots are rec­om­mended.

The num­bers come from a tele­phone sur­vey last year of the par­ents of about 15,000 tod­dlers. The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion re­ported the num­bers on Thurs­day.

The new es­ti­mate is based on find­ing that 1.3 per cent of the chil­dren born in 2015 were com­pletely un­vac­ci­nated. That’s up from the 0.9 per cent seen in an ear­lier as­sess­ment of kids born in 2011.

The re­searchers didn’t ask why par­ents didn’t get their kids vac­ci­nated. Young chil­dren are es­pe­cially vul­ner­a­ble to com­pli­ca­tions from vac­cine-pre­ventable dis­eases.

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