The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced today that overall, vaccination rates for young children in the U.S. remain high. The announcement comes on the heals of a recent measles outbreak in Texas that originated among members of a church group that opposes vaccination.
The CDC noted in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that "High vaccination coverage among preschool-aged children has resulted in historically low levels of most vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States."
The health agency also noted that, as with the case in Texas, "the increase in measles cases in the United States in 2013 serves as a reminder that imported measles can result in larger outbreaks, particularly if introduced into areas with pockets of unvaccinated persons."
Speaking to reporters today, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC, said that the immunization statistics were "really good results, but there is opportunity for improvement."
"In some communities, people have been rejecting opportunities to be vaccinated," Schuchat told reporters. "With measles things can change very quickly. And we need to stay ahead of this virus which means we need to make sure that immunization coverage is high everywhere."
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