CDC/ACIP [to 14 October 2017]
MMWR News Synopsis for October 12, 2017
:: Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2016–2017 School Year
Getting vaccines at the recommended ages protects children from serious vaccine-preventable diseases before they start school. For the 2016-2017 school year, vaccination coverage among kindergartners remained high. Immunization programs conduct annual kindergarten vaccination assessments to monitor school entry vaccination coverage. For the 2016-17 school year, vaccination coverage among kindergartners remained high and exemptions remained low. Based on the data:
:: Median vaccination coverage was 94.0 percent for two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine; 94.5 percent for the state-required number of doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine; and 93.8 percent for two doses of varicella vaccine.
:: Median exemption level was 2.0 percent.
:: Median proportion of kindergartners under a grace period or provisional enrollment was 2.0 percent, the same as in 2015–16.
School assessment allows immunization programs to focus on schools with lower vaccination coverage and higher exemption levels, and encourages follow up with undervaccinated students to ensure kindergartners are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.