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High vaccination rates upheld for kindergarteners in 2016-2017 school year

October 17, 2017

Kindergarteners entering the 2016-2017 school year maintained a high level of vaccination coverage, with 94.5% of children receiving all diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis doses and only a median of 2% of children listing exemptions to one or more vaccines, according to a recent report in the CDC MMWR.

“State and local school vaccination requirements help protect students and communities against vaccine-preventable diseases,” Ranee Seither, MPH, from the immunization services division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease at the CDC, and colleagues wrote. “CDC reports vaccination coverage and exemption data for children attending kindergarten collected by federally funded immunization programs in the United States.”

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