17 states miss CDC target for measles vaccinations of preschoolers

February 4, 2015
by Steven Ross Johnson
Modern Healthcare

Among kindergarteners, 94.7% have been vaccinated for measles, with a high of 99.7% in Mississippi and a low of 81.7% in Colorado, according to a new analysis by the Trust for America's Health. States have significantly different policies about allowing parents to opt out of the attendance requirements. Even within some states with high measles, mumps and rubella vaccination rates there are certain communities with large numbers of unvaccinated residents, making the areas vulnerable to measles and other preventable diseases.

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