NEW DATA: U.S. Kindergarten Vaccination Rate Drops Again
January 12, 2023 11:08AM PST
NEW YORK (AP) – Vaccination rates for U.S. kindergarteners are down again, and federal officials are launching a new campaign to try to bring them up.
Usually, 94% to 95% of kindergarteners nationally are vaccinated against measles, tetanus, and certain other diseases.
The vaccination rates dropped below 94% in the 2020-2021 school year.
A new study finds they dropped again in the 2021-2022 school year, to about 93%.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the new data Thursday.
This week, the CDC launched a campaign that includes new educational materials to help doctors talk to families about vaccinations.