Childhood Immunizations

Today, children in the United States routinely get vaccines that protect them from more than a dozen diseases such as measles, polio and tetanus. Most of these diseases are now at their lowest levels in history, thanks to years of immunization. Children must get at least some vaccines before they may attend school.

Vaccines help make you immune to serious diseases without getting sick first. Without a vaccine, you must actually get a disease in order to become immune to the germ that causes it. Vaccines work best when they are given at certain ages. For example, children don't receive measles vaccine until they are at least one year old. If it is given earlier it might not work as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a schedule for childhood vaccines.

(Supplied by Medline Plus: on 3/17/10)

Performance Key

within the top 10% in nation at or better than national average below national average NA = Data is not applicable
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Children turning two who received appropriate vaccinations % % % % % % % % % %    %  %
January '08 - December '08 12 27 70 67 71 80 NA NA 93 69    75  80  85  

Data Last Updated: NA
Page Last Updated: March 24, 2010

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