The Connecticut Public Health Department released a school-by-school reported immunization data on Monday for all the schools in the state for the school year 2018-19.
The data showed that kindergarten students at 134 schools across the state fall below the recommended MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination guidelines of 95 percent.
As per the report, around 47 schools stood below the recommended 95 percent threshold during the school year 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.
The Connecticut public schools presently stand at 94.4 percent whereas the private schools stand at 92.4 percent. In fact, these figures are also observed in rural regions such as Tolland, Litchfield and Windham counties.
As per Matthew Cartter from the Public Health Department, the reason behind low vaccination rates in these schools is not known.
The health officials have further said that the report shows a 31.1 percent increase in terms of the no. of schools which fell short the 95 percent federally recommended MMR vaccination guideline.
For the students to stay away from contracting measles, the CDC asks each state to maintain 95 percent of kindergartners in every school vaccinated, said the report.
Notably, 1250 confirmed measles cases have been reported in 31 US states so far in 2019, with 3 cases in Connecticut.