Just in time for the Christmas market and gift-hunting, Guttmacher’s analysis reveals the most at-risk states
Just in time for the Christmas market and gift-hunting, Guttmacher’s analysis reveals the most at-risk states for vaccine-preventable diseases.
Guttmacher, which shares the University of California mission of “advancing reproductive health,” did a detailed analysis of how many children there are living in each state with private insurance. In total, the group says, there are 5.4 million children under age 5 living with private insurance in each state.
Guttmacher looked at children’s immunization status in each state through its 2018 Pediatrics database. The data makes available for the first time the federal government’s 2011 Kids’ Immunization Survey, the most recent data available.
Guttmacher’s analysis found that Arizona is one of the states with the highest rate of vaccine-preventable disease deaths among children under five.
Arizona has a rate of vaccine-preventable disease deaths that is more than double the national average.
Guttmacher found that vaccine exemptions in Arizona were most common among minority children with incomes at the lowest end of the spectrum.
Almost one-third of Arizona’s child Medicaid-eligible children were offered a vaccine exemption.
Unlike most states, Arizona offers not just waivers to religious or philosophical reasons, but also for geographic reasons.
Where there are fewer vaccine exemptions, Arizona also saw a steep decline in the number of cases of vaccine-preventable disease from the 2011 survey through 2016.
California, the epicenter of vaccine-autism controversy, saw the most growth in the number of children of childhood exposure to vaccine-preventable disease.
Alabama is one of three states that have coverage rates for vaccines that are higher than the national average.
The report shows the average vaccination rate in the United States has increased over the past five years by more than two percentage points.
There are still, however, 30 states that have vaccination rates below the national average for children and adolescents.