In 49 states and the District of Columbia (DC), median vaccination coverage for three vaccines was 94.7% for the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, 95.0% for varying local requirements for the diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine, and 93.3% for varicella vaccine among states with a 2-dose requirement. Of the 49 states and DC reporting vaccination coverage estimates, 27 did not report meeting the Healthy People 2020 target of 95% coverage for 2 doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. Median exemption levels continue to be low overall (1.8%).
From January 1 through May 23, 2014 a total of 288 confirmed United States measles cases have been reported to CDC, surpassing the highest reported yearly total of measles cases since elimination was declared in the U.S. in 2000.
Immunizations play a vital role in the health of our nation's children, and it's natural for parents to have question. The American Academy of Pediatrics Sound Advice is a, "collection of interviews with pediatircians, researchers, advocates and parents."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared adolescent vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) one of the top five public health priorities of 2014. Last month the President's Cancer Council also issued an urgent call to action to improve HPV vaccination rates. HPV vaccination has failed to keep pace with recommendations despite the fact that the available vaccines are safe and effective at preventing devastating cancers and other HPV-related illnesses.