California’s Kindergartner Vaccination Rates Below Federal Goals

Vaccination rates among California’s kindergartners are below U.S. goals for 2020, according to a new federal report released Thursday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 95% of kindergartners should be vaccinated for nine diseases. But in California, only about 93% of kindergartners are inoculated for the ailments: polio; diphtheria; tetanus; pertussis, also known as whooping cough; measles; mumps; and rubella. But more California kindergartners were inoculated for Hepatitis B and varicella, also known as chickenpox. For those diseases, more than 96% were inoculated. The figures, which covered the 2009-10 school year, were issued in Thursday’s edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Different states had varying rates of inoculation. For the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, Mississippi reported the highest rate of vaccination, with 99.7% of its kindergartners inoculated; at the bottom end was Iowa, with 84.5%.

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