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Most New Jersey Children Immunized, CDC Report Says [AUDIO]

More New Jersey children are getting vaccinated these days.

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That’s according to the National Immunization Survey released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which finds that most children between the ages of 19 and 35 months have received their vaccines.

“The percentage of children who are vaccinated across the country remains high, which is really encouraging because it shows that parents and medical providers are trusting the safe and proven prevention against dangerous diseases,” said Dr. Jonathan Wortham, medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “In New Jersey, just as nationally, the majority of parents are getting their children vaccinated.”

According to the report, almost 95 percent of New Jersey children between the ages of 18 and 35 months have been vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, 84.7 percent are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, more than 50 percent are vaccinated against hepatitis, more than 45 percent are vaccinated against hepatitis A and more than 60 percent are vaccinated against rotovirus.

Less than one percent of children have not received any vaccines.

Nationally, nearly 91 percent of children between the ages of 18 and 35 months are vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella, 82.5 percent are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, 71.6 percent are vaccinated against hepatitis, 53 percent are vaccinated against hepatitis A and 68.6 percent are vaccinated against rotovirus.

“New Jersey is doing well and it shows that parents are making the wise decision to protect their children. Vaccination has saved many lives over the years and has prevented more than 20 million cases of infectious diseases,” said Dr. Wortham.

“When you vaccinate your child, it not only protects them, but it protects the community from dangerous diseases. The best thing parents can do is talk to their medical provider who can help talk them through their fear and their concerns over vaccinations. The bottom line is, vaccinations are safe and effective. We have seen a spike in cases of measles this year and that’s because some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.”

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