90K+ Kindergartners Exempt from MMR Vaccine in 2013-2014
Family vacation time in Disneyland has started a nationwide conversation about vaccinations against measles and other preventable diseases.
According to new CDC data on immunization rates of kindergartners in the 2013-2014 school year, 94.7 percent of children had received the MMR vaccine. This national level is below the recommended rate of 95 percent, which provides "herd immunity" extending protection to those who might not be able to receive the immunization due to medical conditions.
Over 90,000 children were exempt from receiving the immunization under state laws that variously provide for exemptions for medical reasons, religious beliefs or other philosophical concerns.
Additional CSG Resources:
- CSG Capitol Research brief, "Vaccination Rates for Measles Decline as Exemptions Grow," February 24, 2015
- CSG Current State e-newsletter, "Measles Outbreak Prompts State Debate on Vaccine Exemptions," February 12, 2015