Percentage Of Young US Children Who Don’t Receive Any Vaccines Has Quadrupled Since 2001


A small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or all of their recommended vaccinations. The percentage of children under 2 years old who haven’t received any vaccinations has quadrupled in the last 17 years, according to federal health data released Thursday.

Overall, immunization rates remain high and haven’t changed much at the national level. But a pair of reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about immunizations for preschoolers and kindergartners highlights a growing concern among health officials and clinicians about children who aren’t getting the necessary protection against vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, whooping cough and other pediatric infectious diseases.

The vast majority of parents across the country vaccinate their children and follow recommended schedules for this basic preventive practice. But the recent upswing in vaccine skepticism and outright refusal to vaccinate has spawned communities of undervaccinated children who are more susceptible to disease and pose health risks to the broader public.

Of children born in 2015, 1.3 percent had not received any of the recommended vaccinations, according to a CDC analysis of a national 2017 immunization survey. That compared with 0.9 percent in 2011 and with 0.3 percent of 19- to 35-month-olds who had not received any immunizations when surveyed in 2001. Assuming the same proportion of children born in 2016 didn’t get any vaccinations, about 100,000 children who are now younger than 2 aren’t vaccinated against 14 potentially serious illnesses, said Amanda Cohn, a pediatrician and CDC’s senior adviser for vaccines. Even though that figure is a tiny fraction of the estimated 8 million children born in the last two years who are getting vaccinated, the trend has officials worried.

“This is something we’re definitely concerned about,” Cohn said. “We know there are parents who choose not to vaccinate their kids . . . there may be parents who want to and aren’t able to” get their children immunized.

Some diseases, like measles, have made a return in the United States because parents in some areas have failed or chosen not to vaccinate their children. Last year, Minnesota suffered a measles outbreak, the state’s worst in decades. It was sparked by anti-vaccine activists who targeted an immigrant community, spreading misinformation about the measles vaccine. Most of the 75 confirmed cases were young, unvaccinated Somali American children.

The data underlying the latest reports do not explain the reason for the increase in unvaccinated children. In some cases, parents hesitate or refuse to immunize, officials and experts said. Insurance coverage and an urban-rural disparity are likely other reasons for the troubling rise.

Among children aged 19 months to 35 months in rural areas, about 2 percent received no vaccinations in 2017. That is double the number of unvaccinated children living in urban areas.

The new data shows health insurance plays a significant role, as well. About 7 percent of uninsured children in this age group were not vaccinated in 2017, compared with 0.8 percent of privately insured children and 1 percent of those covered by Medicaid.

Those differences are concerning because uninsured and Medicaid-insured children are eligible for free immunizations under the federally funded Vaccines for Children program.

“Parents may not be aware of this, so this may be an education issue,” Cohn said.

Other issues, such as child care, transportation and a shortage of pediatricians in rural areas, are also likely to affect vaccination coverage.

A second report on vaccination coverage for children entering kindergarten in 2017 also showed a gradual increase in the percentage who were exempted from immunization requirements. (The exemptions do not distinguish between one vaccine versus all vaccines.)

Eighteen states allow parents to opt their children out of school immunization requirements for nonmedical reasons, with exemptions for religious or philosophical beliefs.

The overall percentage of children with an exemption was low, 2.2 percent. But the report noted “this was the third consecutive school year that a slight increase was observed.” The report does not provide a breakdown, but the majority of exemptions are nonmedical, according to data reported by the states.

Saad Omer, a professor of global health, epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University, said that an analysis he and colleagues conducted a few years ago found the rate of increase in nonmedical exemptions had appeared to stabilize by the 2015-2016 school year after many years of increase.

But the latest CDC data appears to reflect a change, he said. “It seems that in recent years, exemptions are going up, and the trend is likely due to parents refusing to vaccinate,” he said.

In the 2017-2018 school year, 2.2 percent of U.S. kindergartners were exempted from one or more vaccines, up from 2 percent in the 2016-2017 school year, and from 1.9 percent in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the CDC report.

Reasons for the increase couldn’t be determined from the data reported to CDC, the agency said. But researchers said factors could include the ease of obtaining exemptions or parents’ hesitancy or refusal to vaccinate.

States such as West Virginia and Mississippi, which do not allow nonmedical vaccine exemptions, have higher percentages of children getting vaccinated, said Mobeen Rathore, a pediatric infectious disease physician in Jacksonville, Florida. and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP.

Earlier this year, researchers from several Texas academic centers identified “hotspots” where outbreak risk is rising in 12 of the 18 states that allow nonmedical exemptions because a growing number of kindergartners have not been vaccinated.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post · Lena H. Sun  



  1. Stop with the brainwashing already. Everyday now you’re going to quote from the Washington Compost? What is Matzav’s hidden agenda? Is Dr. Roberts paying you guys? Lakewood Vaad?

  2. “Saad Omer, a professor of global health, epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University, said that an analysis he and colleagues conducted a few years ago found the rate of increase in nonmedical exemptions had appeared to stabilize by the 2015-2016 school year after many years of increase.”

    an Arab From Emorite University. Ya. He’s the one we should be listening to…

  3. Sheker ein lo raglayim, lies don’t have legs. The pHARMa house of cards is collapsing. When “frum” doctors give our cheder boys HPV shot, we smell the coffe.

  4. And it’s only going to grow. We’re taking back our health! Goodbye autism, asthma, adhd, allergies, and all the polio “immitations”!

  5. That’s great news people are starting to realize that the manufacturers of these vaccines are the same German companies that made the chemical weapons for World War II and the gas that murdered his six million Jews in the gas Chambers, German companies like Merk and IG farben. They even made a polio vaccine containing the sv40 cancer virus which 98 million Americans were injected with. but don’t worry these Nazi pharmaceutical companies have chemo for you which is mustard gas they developed to murder people, so the doctors that were trained in their funded schools get to murder you slowly with mustard gas while they make more money off you after they injected you with a cancer virus when you were a baby. Funny when I was a kid my parents never bought a German car but your local doctor wants to inject you with German chemical weapons. stop trusting them their imbeciles they were brainwashed. they’re not healthy visits their inject you’re charged with chemical weapon visits that’s the truth. Find a naturopath that knows how to heal your body and keep you healthy naturally and harmony with a hashem and the Torah.
    if you don’t vaccinate your kids they will be far healthier than vaccinated kids. A from doctor in Chicago had 35,000 patients that were not vaccinated not one of them was autistic let that sink into your head a little bit.

  6. B”H Good News! Parents are waking up!

    Science News July 2, 2018 : “The Supreme Court ruled vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” in 2016 – What has changed since? Nothing.”

    Trump on Twitter in 2014: Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!

    With an almost 25% escalation of autism, esp. in California, in the last 18 years which they claim is linked to vaccinations, can you blame the parents for refusing to vaccinate their children?

    To the Sheeple: Read TheMomStreetJournal

  7. Parents think they are required to vaccinate. This article shows that there are ways to avoid it. Also, the measles outbreak in Minnesota is always linked to activists. Activists espouse an idea; they don’t create sickness. Children get sick because they were exposed to a pathogen- not an idea.

  8. Boruch Hashem!! i am so happy to hear this!!! halevai vaiter.
    the truth will soon be there for all to see.
    finally more people are connecting the dots!!

  9. Perhaps one of you triggered, angry, outdated study / pseudo science quoting, conspiracy theorists can answer a few questions.

    Is sparing THOUSANDS from debilitating long-lasting, horrible illnesses worth nothin to you ???
    Often endangering people by weakening their immune system leaving them susceptible to even more Dangerous illnesses.

    What about the selfishness of carrying and SPREADING disease on others who don’t want to suffer???

    The big companies have agendas, and you don’t?????

    Is the origin relevant, or the effectiveness and risk/reward??

    How many things do we use all day every day that originated in dark bad places?? ( I don’t know maybe you all are Amish).

    You quote Trump- all his kids ARE vaccinated!!!

    If balanced truth and accuracy was really being sought your comments wouldn’t be so aggressive and hate filled.

    To quote the late great Shlomo Carlebach “ peace means so much more than being anti war “

  10. “Childhood deseases”???
    So now measles has become a desease?! Is chicken pox also a desease? Is flu also a desease??!!! The natural antibodies formed when a child receives measles actually builds his immunity and prevents the child from contracting real deseases in the future. We’ll take the measles!

    • Please do, and while at it, grab some polio, diphtheria, tetanus, and small pox, along. If you manage to survive, kindly publicize your impressions and repeat your current post.


    IOM report: vaccine schedule safe

    Patrick M. O’Connell, Digital Content Editor Copyright © 2013, The American Academy of Pediatrics
    A report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released Wednesday affirmed the safety of the federal childhood immunization schedule, stating that a review of available research revealed no reason why vaccines should not be administered under the current guidelines.
    “Vaccines are among the most effective and safe public health interventions to prevent serious disease and death,” said Lainie Friedman Ross, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on Bioethics and the 14-person committee which developed the IOM report, touted as a comprehensive overview of the nation’s vaccine guidelines.
    The committee also concluded, based on a review of research, that “there is ample evidence that not vaccinating children is putting them at grave risk,” said committee member Pauline A. Thomas, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Section Epidemiology.
    The federal immunization schedule, released every year by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention upon approval by the AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American Academy of Family Physicians, recommends that children receive a series of vaccines timed to protect them from 14 pathogens, vaccinating children when they are most vulnerable. The committee noted that about 90 percent of children in the United States receive most childhood vaccines according to the schedule by the time they enter kindergarten, but some parents choose to spread out the vaccines and others decline the vaccines altogether.
    But the committee said there is a need for better communication promoting the benefits of childhood vaccines and the risks of bypassing immunizations. Pediatricians generally do a good job of communicating the benefits of the vaccines for children to parents, the committee said, but additional work needs to be done to continue to promote the safety and health advantages of vaccines. It will be helpful for national agencies to examine and quantify the concerns of parents in an effort to better address the issues that cause some parents to delay or ignore immunizations.
    Michael T. Brady, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, said the report was encouraging because its summary aligns with the AAP’s vaccine recommendations and the committee that reviewed the data and surveyed stakeholders was a diverse, independent body of physicians and laypeople.
    “The message is that vaccines are one of the safest public health options available,” Brady said. “This is really a good time (for pediatricians) to have discussions with families that, first, vaccines are safe, and secondly, that the current vaccine schedule is the right schedule.”
    Studies demonstrate the health benefits of the vaccine schedule, the report states, including fewer illnesses, deaths, and hospital stays.
    “Because of the success of vaccines, most Americans — and in fact, many young pediatricians — have no first-hand experience with such devastating illnesses as polio or diphtheria,” Dr. Ross said. “The IOM Committee examined the immunization schedule and we uncovered no evidence of major safety concerns associated with adherence to the childhood immunization schedule. This should be of reassurance to hesitant parents and other stakeholders.”
    The report also sets a framework for conducting additional studies on the vaccine schedule and its effectiveness, especially as new technologies become available. There also is no evidence available to examine whether modifications to the schedule — for instance, parents who spread out the vaccines for their children — have any benefits or risks, Thomas said. A few researchers have begun to explore those topics, she said, but the data pool is small.
    The Vaccine Safety Datalink is the best tool for exploring future questions about the immunization schedule, the committee said. It can be accessed at

    The report, “The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies,” is available at The 2013 Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule will be published Jan. 28 in Pediatrics.
    I tried to access the report mentioned above, “The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies,” but it is no longer available online. Perhaps the excerpts quoted from the study, in the link below, are the reasons that this study is no longer available to laypeople.

  12. Simple solution: make the vaccines SAFE and foolproof! Then we’ll all happily vaccinate our kids, guilt free. (Okay, that’s easier said than done, but let someone START!)

  13. Thank you Hashem. It is hearbreaking watching our children die from sids and have speech delays and autism after receiving vaccines. I daven every day to Hashem to bring the emes to the world and to expose the sheker of the cdc.

  14. you anti vax people are mamash a bunch of sad sad foolish people.
    do you not understand that before vaccines existed people lived half as long as they do now. with all the advancements in medicine without vaccines, people would be dying of illness like small pox typus etc.. all the time. yes some of these illnesses are relatively benign to most people although not all. but some are deadly. if you cant realize that without vaccines half those wonderful anti vax kids would literally be dead lo olenu then you are nebech so blind to the emes that i would classify you as a mi sheain bo daas sheasssur lerachem alav! by all means you can go back to living in that world and you enjoy seeing yourself and or half the people you love dead by the age of 30. that sounds like lots of fun!


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