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N.H. leads the nation in rate of measles vaccines for infants

New Hampshire has the nation’s highest rate of measles vaccination for infants in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported.

Immunization rates for children vary by state. For the first dose of what is known as the MMR vaccine – a standard vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella – ranged from 86 percent in Colorado, Ohio and West Virginia to 96.3 percent in New Hampshire. ...

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New Hampshire has the nation’s highest rate of measles vaccination for infants in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control reported.

Immunization rates for children vary by state. For the first dose of what is known as the MMR vaccine – a standard vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella – ranged from 86 percent in Colorado, Ohio and West Virginia to 96.3 percent in New Hampshire.

It covered infants who were 19 to 35 months old in 2013. The recommendation is that the first MMR vaccine happens around 12 to 15 months of age; a booster comes during pre-school, four to six years old. No further booster is needed.

Fewer than 1 percent of infants nationwide received no vaccinations at all, the CDC said.

Concerns remain, however, that children are not always getting their shots on time.

One in 12 children was late receiving a first dose of the MMR vaccine, leaving them particularly vulnerable to measles, the CDC said.

As of Aug. 8, there had been 593 measles cases in the United States this year, the highest since 2000. Most cases have been in patients who were either not vaccinated or did not know whether they had received the vaccine, the CDC said.

In New Hampshire 97.4 percent of children between ages 13 and 17 reported that they had received both doses of MMR vaccine, according to the NIS-Teen report.

Immunization rates for some diseases were 8 to 12 percentage points lower for children living below the poverty level, according to the CDC report, which recommended stronger efforts to increase vaccinations in poorer areas.

Nationally, the vaccination rates for rotavirus, which can cause severe diarrhea, increased from 69 percent in 2012 to 73 percent in 2013, the CDC said.

The rate of children receiving the first dose of a vaccine against Hepatitis B rose from 72 percent to 74 percent during that time, the agency said.

The CDC said health providers still face a challenge of ensuring children receive booster doses in their second year of life for several vaccines, including those that prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, as well as Pneumococcal disease.

“We’re not doing as well as we’d like getting some of the booster doses given in the second year of life,” Wharton said. “For some of the new vaccines, coverage is still not as high as it could be.”