Study: Vaccine Exemption Among Kindergartners Up

Matthew Lotz / U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON – More parents and guardians in the United States are getting vaccine exemptions for their kindergarten-age kids.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among kindergartners.

The findings were published in the CDC’s morbidity and mortality weekly report last week.

It shows that rates of young children not receiving vaccinations against certain diseases, including measles, has steadily gone up in recent years.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the national percentage of kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines was 2.5 percent.

That’s a slight increase from 2.3 percent during the previous school year and 2.1 percent the year prior to that.


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