Fewer kids vaccinated
The percentage of American children ages 2 and under who haven’t received any vaccinations has quadrupled over the past 17 years, a worrying sign of the “anti-vax” movement’s success. In 2017, 1.3 percent of kids born in 2015 had received none of the recommended vaccines, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up from 0.9 percent for those born in 2011. In 2001, only 0.3 percent of children ages 19 to 35 months were totally unvaccinated. The agency notes “that most children are still routinely vaccinated” and that immunization rates haven’t changed nationally. But if kids born in 2016 were vaccinated at the same rate as those born the previous year, that means there are now some 100,000 children nationwide who aren’t inoculated against preventable diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and hepatitis B. “This is something we’re definitely concerned about,” Amanda Cohn, the CDC’s senior adviser for vaccines, tells The Washington Post.