More Kids Skipping School Shots

More parents are opting out of school shots for their kids. An Associated Press analysis found that in eight states. not including North Carolina, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners aren't getting all the vaccines required for attendance.

That's because more parents are seeking exemptions so their kids can skip some of the shots. Health officials are worried there could be outbreaks of diseases like measles and whooping cough.

The AP found more than half of states have seen at least a slight rise in the rate of vaccine exemptions in the past five years. States with the highest exemption rates are in the West and Upper Midwest: Alaska, Kansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. Alaska has the highest opt-out rate at 9 percent.


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  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Nov 28, 2011 at 01:03 PM
    This is all part of the 3rd world mentality immigrating to this country. An example of coming here and not integrating into the culture or accepting public safety measures but exerting ones own culture and seeking exemption on the basis of religion and foreign culture. Some of course is home grown.
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      by don't-put-me-at-risk on Nov 30, 2011 at 08:12 AM in reply to US-First
      US-First --> Look at the states that have the highest opt-out rates again. None of them have high immigration rates! Your "3rd world mentality" theory does not stand up. It is home-grown from over-accessing of blogs on the risk factors of vaccines that have very little academic input and over-exaggerate the minor risk rates.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 08:08 AM
    If this nation wants polio, and chicken pox, and all kinds of nasty diease let them have it. They are acting stuipd. I grew up taking all these shots, and so have everyone else I know. No harm in them, except they help save lives. Get over it dumb parents and get your child's shots. Save lives.
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      by Can't Force 'Em on Nov 28, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to
      Some people are just stupid.
  • by Delayed vax Location: Greenville on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    I delayed my daughter's vaccinations until she was 6 because of the poison being injected into the bodies of small children. And yes, I realize that "poison" is a harsh word, but so are "autism" and "severe allergic reaction". Delaying for us had nothing to do with religion or someone else paying our way and me being too lazy to make the effort. We delayed because our first child had a severe allergic reaction to the MMR vaccination. I think that it's smart for we, as parents, to be overly cautious when it comes to the health of our children. Research for yourself and don't rely on the pharmaceutical companies to tell you what's best for your child. If you really believe that on time immunizations are best, then do it. But please, don't do it because someone that doesn't even know your family told you you should.
  • by Lisa Location: enc on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:57 AM
    That is so dangerous! We have been able to eradicate or reduce some of the world's most horrible diseases in the US. However some of those diseases still exist in other countries. It wouldn't take long for them to come back. I wonder if some of those parents would still withold those vaccinations if they saw their child in an iron lung suffering from polio?
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Goes to show how brainwashed some people can be when it comes to Religion! I guess when their child gets Hepatitis or worse and gives it to all the other kids,they will merely PRAY for all affected!
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      by Lisa on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:00 AM in reply to Vickie
      Only a few religions do this. Don't throw us all in the same boat. In fact, most of us have much better sence than that. Religion is not brainwashing. We choose to believe what we believe.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Nov 28, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    My son was not allowed to 'skip' any shots. Way back in the 80's, I had to bring his shots record from the DR.s office BEFORE he could even enroll. Fortunately, I kept him up-to-date from the get-go. Personally, I don't think it's fair to expose vaccinated children to other children who have not been vaccinated. Hope these parents are prepared for the worst if their child gets polio, whooping cough, or smallpox.
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      by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      If your child has been vaccinated what is the worry. He won't get what the others have he is fully protected. That is the reason you get the shots so he won't get sick even if exposed.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to
        You're missing the point; if my child had to follow school registration rules, why should other children be allowed to enter school WITHOUT following the same rules? And yes; even vaccinated you can still contract these diseases, but won't have as severe a reaction, including disfigurement or death.
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      by Boats on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:37 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Well said!!
  • by concerned parent Location: nc on Nov 28, 2011 at 05:32 AM
    they shouldn't be allowed the option unless is for religious reasons, which seems to be the easy out these days. my child has their shots to protect them from getting sick. we were made to have our shots prior to beginning school or we weren't allowed to even attend???? so what's going on now, send their butts home and let them be homeschooled if they prefer not to get them done. it's not fair to the rest of the kids to be exposed to illnesses that are beyond their control.
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      by Dr. Bret on Nov 28, 2011 at 07:41 AM in reply to concerned parent
      If your kid is vaccinated then why would you be afraid of non-vaccinated kids being near him... Yes that's right most of you base your decision of "health" on fear mongering from the pharmaceutical companies. Fear of disease is a poor reason to inject your child with dangerous poisons.
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        by Proud Mom on Nov 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM in reply to Dr. Bret
        Yes if your child is vaccinanted you shouldn't have to worry, but what about children that are too young to vaccinate? If an infected child goes to school then another child could bring the disease home to a younger sibling. Would you want your child being sick and possibly dying because someone else made a poor decision? If you are not going to vaccinate your child then they should not be allowed in public school. Vaccines are for 'PUBLIC' safety.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM in reply to Proud Mom
          And when the kid gets injected and has a bad reaction and is affected for life or dies, then whose safety are you really looking after? But that's okay if they die from getting the shots, at least they won't be affecting others any longer.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Nov 29, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to Dr. Bret
        Because there is still the risk of contracting the disease, though not as severely. Apparently, many don't understand the definition of 'vaccination'. It means vaccinated against the worst outcomes of these diseases. People who grew up in the '40's, 50's, and 60's understand POLIO. I would think Americans (true Americans) would appreciate and take advantage of the ability to ward off these diseases.
  • by ace Location: j ville on Nov 28, 2011 at 05:04 AM
    It is the PARENTS of the childern electing not to give the shots. This is what I would expect from people having childern and the state (taxpayers) taking care of them.
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