More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations, placing them and their classmates at risk for illness, according to a new study based on the federal National Immunization Survey.
Whether the children were in day care made no difference in immunization rates, say Carol A. Stanwyck, Ph.D., and two colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their work appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
“School entry legislation in the United States has been a critical factor in keeping coverage rates high among kindergartners and first-graders,” Stanwyck says. “Immunization regulations related to childcare facilities have not had a similar impact.” Current school laws have resulted in vaccination rates of more than 95 percent among those older children. But similar laws or regulations in all states and the District of Columbia applying to childcare settings have not proven so successful.
Aaron Levin | newswise
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