The trend of the childbirth epidemic is reaching new heights, and parents are not immune.
The CDC has released a report that claims there are more than 1.6 million children under the age of six who are not getting the necessary vaccinations, according to the Associated Press.
The CDC also released data showing that nearly 80% of all children who received the flu shot in 2017 were not vaccinated.
The agency says the flu vaccination rate in the U.S. is below 70%.
“It’s clear the pandemic has hit all corners of the country,” the CDC’s Andrew Wakefield told the AP.
“And it’s happening in every state, it’s spreading, it is impacting our communities, and it’s not going to go away.”
Wakefield is now one of the leading experts in the field of childhood vaccination, which he said is not just a matter of making vaccines available but also making sure kids are getting the proper ones.
He believes the CDC should take the issue of vaccine-preventable disease and use it to push for a national childhood vaccination program.
Wakefield says the CDC could use the data it has about children getting the flu vaccine to push more programs to increase the vaccination rate.
“We should have a national program where every state would get the same amount of vaccine and then you would have one program where it would be distributed according to need and the need of that particular state,” Wakefield said.
He also said the CDC has a chance to push to get a vaccine for everyone if it doesn’t do enough to vaccinate children.
If the CDC doesn’t take the influenza pandemic seriously, Wakefield says, it will be easy for the next pandemic to come and spread even more rapidly.
“I believe that the pandemics can happen in a few years, I don’t believe they can happen right now,” he said.
“We’ve been fighting the flu for a very long time and we’re going to have to fight it for a long time to make sure we have vaccines that will protect us and protect our children.”
The CDC said in its report that the flu season has seen a spike in cases across the country, but it also noted the number of cases has declined in some areas.
In some cases, the CDC said, cases of the flu have decreased by as much as 70%.
“While we are not in the midst of a pandemic, it does appear that we are seeing an uptick in cases of influenza,” the agency said in the report.
“While the overall flu season is in full swing, the overall season in the United States has slowed down considerably and remains in a very critical state of health.”
According to the CDC, the flu has spread across the U, affecting more than 2.6 billion people.
The number of new cases in the US in 2017 was a record, surpassing the previous record set in 2010, when 1.5 billion people were infected.
The CDC added that there are nearly 1,600 new cases reported each day in the country.
That’s an increase of roughly 20% from the first day of the pandemaker in March.