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Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

1.7. Children's Health Risks


In 2006, about 80 percent of American Indians/Alaska Natives received immunizations by age 35 months.

Figure 1.7. Percentage of children ages 19 to 35 months vaccinated with the 4:3:1:3 vaccination series, by race/ethnicity: 1995, 2000, 2003, and 2006
Percentage of children ages 19 to 35 months vaccinated with the 4:3:1:3 vaccination series,
by race/ethnicity: 1995, 2000, 2003, and 2006
1 Does not include Pacific Islanders.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. The 4:3:1:3 vaccination series includes four or more doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine (DTP), three or more doses of poliovirus vaccine, one or more doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV), and three or more doses of Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Immunization Program, Estimated Vaccination Coverage with Individual Vaccines and Vaccination Series Among Children 19 to 35 Months of Age by Race/Ethnicity, National Immunization Survey, 1995, 2000, 2003, and 2006.

Immunizations, vital to safeguarding a child's health, reduce the incidence of many vaccine-preventable diseases. For this reason, it is recommended that children receive the 4:3:1:3 vaccination series by 35 months of age. This series consists of four or more doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine (DTP), three or more doses of poliovirus vaccine, one or more doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV), and three or more doses of Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) vaccine (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2006). In 2006, about 80 percent of American Indian/Alaska Native children received the 4:3:1:3 vaccination series by 35 months of age. There was no difference observed between the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native children receiving immunizations compared to the percentage of all children.

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