The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said in 2010, an estimated 109.4 million infants -- 85 percent of global births -- had received at least three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, the highest number ever reported.
"Coverage with the other routinely recommended childhood vaccines was 90 percent for Bacille Calmette-Guerin vaccine, 86 percent for the third dose of poliovirus vaccine and 85 percent for measles-containing vaccine," the report said. "However, approximately 19.3 million children did not receive some or all of the routinely recommended childhood vaccines, leaving them susceptible to vaccine-preventable causes of disease and death."
Strengthening vaccination delivery strategies and ensuring continued funding for vaccination programs would reduce childhood morbidity and mortality, CDC health officials said.
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