Published On: Apr 25 2014 07:31:13 AM CDTUpdated On: Aug 02 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT
With August marking National Immunization Awareness Month, find out which states have the lowest vaccination rates based on the percentage of 2-year-olds fully vaccinated in 2014, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are the 26 states that fell below the U.S. average of 74.6 percent vaccination rate.
The data looked at 2-year-olds who had 4:3:1:3:3:1 immunization coverage as of 2014, the most recent year statistics were available for. That coverage includes: 4 or more doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus & Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (DTaP); 3 or more doses of Poliovirus; 1 or more doses of Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccine (MMR); 3 or more doses of Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib); and 3 or more doses of Hepatitis B Virus (HepB) and 1 or more doses of varicella vaccine. The report does not say why children hadn't received their vaccines on time -- if at all. Insurance coverage, religious beliefs, poverty and/or a belief that vaccines are harmful to children can all play a role.