CDC Data Show Decrease in Some Vaccines for Young Texans

Coverage of young children aged 19 months to 35 months receiving the recommended vaccine series in Texas fell to 64 percent in 2014, down from 72.5 percent in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Coverage decreased for each of these vaccinations: 

  • At least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) (90.4 percent), 
  • Four or more doses of diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) (78.2 percent), 
  • Hepatitis B (HepB) birth dose (77.4 percent),
  • Two or more doses of HepA (61.2 percent), and 
  • The full series of rotavirus vaccine (68.5 percent). 

Nationally, there was no significant change for most vaccines or the combined series from 2013 to 2014.

In a separate CDC report assessing the vaccination rates for kindergartners during the 2014-15 school year, coverage in Texas was high. Coverage of kindergartners was at about 97 percent for MMR, DTaP, and varicella vaccines. 

From 2013 to 2014, coverage among adolescents in Texas aged 13-17 years increased for both the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine (from 86.1 percent to 88.2 percent) and for the meningococcal conjugate vaccine dose (from 87.6 percent to 88.6 percent). The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also recommends adolescents receive a series of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, but coverage remains low. About half of females and about 36.6 percent of males reported starting the series.

Action, Oct. 1, 2015

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