Policy Brief: Childhood Vaccines in the United States: A Review of state laws and implications
Hesitancy and objections around vaccines has contributed to a surge of preventable infectious diseases. The World Health Organization declared the United States to be measles free in 2000, but in 2019, the highest number of measles cases was reported in two decades, mostly among the unvaccinated population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer recommendations for vaccines, starting at birth and moving through adulthood. The development and distribution of vaccines has led to the eradication of many communicable diseases and significant reductions in related morbidity and mortality. In fact, 21 million [iv] hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths were prevented among a vaccinated cohort of children in the United States born between 1994-2013.
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