Washington leads nation in parents opting out of vaccines

Washington leads nation in parents opting out of vaccines

Washington leads nation in parents opting out of vaccines

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by Travis Pittman

NWCN.com

Posted on July 31, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

EVERETT, Wash -- Washington is experiencing an epidemic of worry over vaccine safety.

The state leads the nation in the percentage of parents opting out of vaccinations for their kindergarten-age children. More than 6 percent of kindergarteners were missing one or more immunizations in the 2009-2010 school year.

The Daily Herald reports the most commonly skipped vaccine is the chicken pox vaccine.

Since 1997, there's been a steady, statewide decline in the number of school children who are fully vaccinated.

A new state law that went into effect in July seeks to close a loophole that parents used to avoid providing proof of vaccinations to schools. Now, parents must meet with a medical provider, get a signed letter confirming that the consultation took place, and provide the note to child-care centers or schools.
 

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