Vaccination rates among Texas children ages 19–35 months fell by an alarming 8.5 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the just-released National Immunization Survey, the Center for Disease Control’s annual assessment of immunization rates.
Vaccine adherence among Texas children aged 19-35 months of age was 64 percent in 2014, compared to 72.5 percent in 2013. The National Immunization Survey is conducted annually and measures children’s adherence to the Center for Disease Control’s recommended vaccination schedule at the state and community levels.
Together, we can take steps to reverse this trend:
- Identify vaccination gaps: Discuss your child’s vaccination schedule with a pediatrician, as it’s easy to miss certain vaccines, especially those that require multiple doses.
- Check your coverage: Call your insurance company to see which vaccines are offered under your current plan. If you have any questions, discuss with your insurance provider or clinician’s office.
- Contact your local immunization coalition: Your local coalition offers resources to make vaccination information easily accessible; check in with them to find vaccine schedules, educational resources, information on receiving appropriate immunizations, and ways to get involved in your community.
- Broadcast your concern: Use the #ProtectTexas hashtag on Facebook and Twitter to tell the world why you vaccinate your family—and why it’s important that everyone do the same.