(HealthDay News) – The vaccination coverage rates for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); diphtheria, tetanus toxoid, and acellular pertussis (DTaP); and varicella vaccine are close to 95% among children entering kindergarten for the year 2012–2013, according to a report published in the Aug. 2 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Ranee Seither, MPH, from the CDC in Atlanta, and colleagues summarized data on vaccine coverage among children entering kindergarten for the 2012–2013 school year from 48 states and the District of Columbia (DC), and exemption rates from 49 states and DC.

According to the report, the median vaccination coverage rates were 94.5% for two doses of MMR vaccine; 95.1% for local DTaP requirements; and 93.8% for two-dose varicella vaccine requirement. The median total of exemption rates was 1.8%.

“Although school entry coverage for most awardees was at or near national Healthy People 2020 targets of maintaining 95% vaccination coverage levels for two doses of MMR vaccine, four doses of DTaP vaccine, and two doses of varicella vaccine, low vaccination and high exemption levels can cluster within communities, increasing the risk for disease,” the authors write.

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