Eye on Education

Parents’ Opposition To Vaccinations as High as 1 in 3 in Some School Districts

The Columbus Dispatch analyzed school immunization counts across the state and found clusters of unvaccinated school children. At one school near Cincinnati, a particularly high 34 percent of incoming school kids had philosophical or religious exemptions from vaccination requirements. Medical experts say a certain percentage of kids must be vaccinated to keep a disease from flourishing (the percentage varies depending on the disease,) and that failing to immunize children puts those who cannot be vaccinated, either because they are too young or for some other medical reason, at risk.

Some Ohio schools might as well have a target painted on the side of the building as far as public-health experts are concerned. In some schools in the state, as many as 1 in 3 incoming kindergartners and newly enrolled older students have parents who oppose vaccines, according to a Dispatch analysis of schools’ immunization counts.

Read more at: www.dispatch.com

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