One-third of children between the ages of 19-35 months don’t receive vaccines on time. This leaves them vulnerable to preventable infectious diseases and their complications, a new study finds.
The study, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, revealed 63% of children received vaccines on time before the age of three, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. 23% limited the number of shots per visit or skipped at least one vaccine. Another 14% weren’t compliant with guideline recommendations, according to nationwide surveys from Emory University regarding 15,059 children.
The CDC recommends children be vaccinated against 14 illnesses in their first three years of life. Those include; chickenpox diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough, Haemophilus influenza type b disease, measles, mumps and rubella, polio, pneumococcal disease, and hepatitis A.
Vaccination has been named an effective public health intervention. But parents are still choosing to delay or forgo vaccination for their children. Uncertainty about safety and necessity of vaccines, along with general mistrust of the pharmaceutical industry, has led to this recent trend, the study said.
Find recommended vaccination schedules, safety and side effects on the CDC’s website.