In a poll much more important than the BCS, Texas jumped 10 spots in immunization of children, thanks in part to TMA's emphasis on immunization through its Be Wise - Immunize SM campaign.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that Texas' childhood immunization rate increased from 77.3 percent in 2007 to 77.8 percent in 2008. That means Texas ranks 12th highest among all states, up from 22nd in 2007. The national average in 2008 was 76.1.
The 2008 rate is an all-time high for Texas and continues an overall upward trend since 2002, when the rate was 65 percent, Texas Department of State Health Services officials said. They added that the 77.8 percentage does not mean the other 22.2 percent of young children in Texas are totally unvaccinated, but rather that they are missing at least one dose of a measured vaccine.
The CDC's annual National Immunization Survey measured vaccination coverage among children aged 19 months through 35 months.
The survey assessed coverage levels for six vaccine series:
- Diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (4 doses),
- Polio (3 doses),
- Measles/mumps/rubella (1 dose),
- Hepatitis B (3 doses),
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (3 doses), and
- Varicella (1 dose).
Be Wise - Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Action , Sept. 1, 2009
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