State vaccination exemptions for children on rise

February 10, 2015

Vaccinations for children have become a polarizing issue in the U.S. in the past few years. This is evident in the rise of exemptions due to philosophical or religious reasons. But with the recent measles outbreak reported to have began at California’s Disneyland in December 2014, there has been a debate on whether to make vaccinations for children mandatory due to health concerns or let parents be free to choose.

But whatever the arguments may be, many state health officials encourage people to get vaccinated.

“It’s very worrying that measles could be re-established in the U.S.,” says Dr. Jennifer Dillaha, medical director of immunization at the Arkansas Department of Health. “Measles was declared eradicated in 2000, [meaning] we didn’t have cases that started [in the U.S.]”

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