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Children in Anti-Vaccine 'Hotspots' Are at a Higher Risk for Illness, Says a New Study - 8 months ago, 14 June 08:28

By: Maressa Brown

Vaccination continues to set off fiery debate among parents around the country. Now, a new analysis, published on Tuesday in PLOS Medicine, highlights areas around the U.S. where the risk of measles and other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases is greater, because more parents in those locations hesitate or refuse to get their children immunized.

According to The Washington Post, 18 states let parents opt out of school immunization requirements for nonmedical reasons, with exemptions for religious or philosophical beliefs. And in two-thirds of those states, the report found that a growing number of kindergartners have not been vaccinated.

For the report, researchers from several Texas academic centers tracked the increasing number of children with exemptions in all 18 states from the 2009-2010 to 2016-2017 school years. They defined many rural, as well as urban, areas as "hotspots," given their high exemption rates, which make them more suspectible to epidemics of pediatric infectious diseases like measles and whooping cough.

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