Non-medical vaccine opt-outs for children dropping in most of US, but some ERC states still rising

January 20, 2017

New analysis by the CDC finds that while the percentage of families opting out of school-required vaccines for kindergartners for non-medical reasons is dropping nationally, the rate continues to rise in a handful of states. Among the eleven states with rising non-medical vaccine exemption rates are Connecticut, Maryland and New York. All but three states have processes for parents to opt-out of required vaccines for their children by asserting a religious and/or philosophical objection. In reaction to recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases among school-age children, many states have tightened the exemption process. Last September, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a position statement urging all states to eliminate non-medical childhood vaccine exemptions stating, “The AAP views nonmedical exemptions to school-required immunizations as inappropriate for individual, public health, and ethical reasons and advocates for their elimination.”

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