KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the country is doing a better job of vaccinating children, but a recent spike in measles cases shows some kids still aren’t getting their shots.
The CDC’s latest morbidity and mortality weekly report shows childhood immunization levels are near or above the 90 percent national targets.
Dr. Sarah Meyer with the CDC says vaccines are proven to be very safe.
So far this year, 159 cases of measles have been reported in the United States, the second most since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000.
Nearly all of the U.S. measles cases involved people who got the disease in another country, and then spread it within communities where people have refused vaccinations due to philosophical or religious objections.
The survey found that coverage still lags for those living below the poverty line, especially with newer vaccines and vaccines that require multiple doses.