The CDC has stated on Tuesday that children in the U.S. receive at least one vaccine by the time they enter school. But even if there has been a heated debate about parents who intentionally skip a number of vaccines for their young ones, the situation about who gets vaccines, who doesn’t and the reasoning behind it is now more uncertain than ever.
The CDC mentioned that the source of the problem might rely on the states that do not give accurate data about the vaccines that occur or do not occur in their areas. Until now, only 21 states have constantly reported data which can pin point where the people who the unvaccinated people are. But the rest of the states are in a mist of uncertainty.
And while the data, in general, shows that the majority of children are in the ok zone, county details make it easy for specialists to spot where the holes are. California was the most appropriate example that could have been given.
While Californa looks like it had the majority of children vaccinated, there are a few communities in which parents immunized their children selectively without the help of the state. What do these “few communities” translate into? Around 18 percent of a county. Marin County had this exact situation in which 18 percent of the children did not get any recommended vaccine for two years in a row.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, the director of CDC’s vaccine center, did not hesitate to point out how dangerous these children can be to the community. “Pockets of children who miss vaccinations exist in our communities and they leave these communities vulnerable to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.”
Dr. Schuchat also mentioned the general worry concerning leukemia or medical issues with the same conditions that are not as easy to deal with are difficult to treat even with vaccines. Children who haven’t taken the number of required vaccines should do so immediately.
But the CDC’s “concerning report” is rather disappointing when they release their statistics. Back-to-school reports indicate that there are around 99 percent American children who have “some” vaccines. Around 2 percent of individuals are exempted from vaccines because of philosophical or religious views and, in the previous years, “fewer than 1 percent of children” did not receive any vaccination at all.
So why is everybody so worried? It is because the CDC is pointing at pockets of unimmunized children who can carry diseases which could be prevented. It only takes one match to light up the fire. Thus, the more vaccinated people, the better.
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