In 1994, the CDC began collecting information about the vaccination of children ages 19—35 months. They did this through a survey called the National Immunization Survey (NIS), and they’re still doing it.
The information they collect gives us a good picture of how well-covered our little ones are by the vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
CDC does similar surveys on teens, adults, and also specifically, flu.
The results from the latest survey on children ages 19—35 months are:
- Most parents are getting their kids vaccinated against preventable diseases.
- We need to be more vigilant about protecting our two-year-olds through vaccination. They aren’t getting all the recommended doses.
- Seventeen states had less than 90% coverage with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Communities need 95% coverage to keep measles under control. Even then, when there are groups of people not protected by the MMR vaccine, they’re at risk for measles.
Dr. Alan Hinman does a nice job of getting into the measles outbreak we’ve had this past year in his blog post on the Value of Vaccination website. Recommended reading!
To dive into all the details of the 2013 NIS, CDC’s MMWR provides the facts and figures.