AP news guide: Vaccination rates among Pennsylvania’s kids

Charles Goodman
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. In 2014, only 21 states posted vaccination rates for individual schools, school districts, counties or areas of the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been quietly prodding more states to make the information available. On Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, the CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat made the push more public during a news conference. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows larger percentages of Pennsylvania’s children were vaccinated when entering kindergarten last school year compared to national averages.

Children entering school are required under Pennsylvania law to receive a number of vaccinations. Pennsylvanians can enroll without vaccines if they are medically, religiously or philosophically exempt.

The CDC’s tracking of the 2015-2016 school year shows the percentage of vaccinated Pennsylvania kindergarteners, in some cases, was higher than the national average by more than 1 percent.

The state’s percentage of children who sought exemptions also slightly rose, in line with the national trend.

The federal government’s baseline for preventing outbreak is to have at least 90 percent of all children immunized before they enter school.

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