The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has
revealed that one in four US toddlers was missing important vaccines thus
exposing them to the risk of measles, mumps and whooping cough.
The report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine
said that at least 28 percent of 2-year-olds did not receive proper
immunization. By 2 years most children should have had vaccines against 14
diseases including polio, influenza, hepatitis and chicken pox.
The present study analyzed data on 17,563 children aged
19 months to 35 months. The researchers led by Elizabeth Luman found that
two-thirds of the unvaccinated children missed recommended doses.
The CDC said that low vaccination rates were responsible
for the recent outbreak of measles in San Diego, Arizona and Wisconsin.
"Parents and providers need to do a better job
communicating so that children receive all their vaccines on the recommended
schedule," Luman stressed. "The schedule was designed to be safe and
effective to prevent disease in their children."