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More children in U.S. are fully vaccinated

By Amy Pisani

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. It seems like we are heading into 2010 with some great news. I just read this report on msnbc.com by Reuters about a study showing that more kids in the U.S. are fully vaccinated than ever.  The report, conducted by the CDC, shows that disparities in vaccine coverage are shrinking.  Back in 1991 when Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers founded the organization Every Child By Two, their main goal was to eliminate disparities in vaccine coverage in the U.S. As executive director, I am so proud that the work of our founders is coming to fruition and that nearly 20 years after the inception of ECBT, we are entering a new decade where kids are protected against disease regardless of their socioeconomic status.  The study reports that in 2008, 72% of children with public providers were fully immunized, as were nearly 81% of children with no siblings. Although we are still working to correct misinformation about vaccines, it’s reassuring to know that initiatives such as the Vaccines for Children Program have made it possible for all children to have access to life-saving vaccines.

 To read the article and find out more about the CDC study, click here.

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