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Anti-Vaccine Hot Spots On Rise Across U.S

These counties are among the pockets of vaccine resistance that Dr. Peter Hotez and colleagues found when looking at rates of vaccine refusals around the country. They found an increase in nonmedical vaccine exemptions in 12 out of 18 states that allow them. “What we are seeing is pockets of intense anti-vaccine activity,” said Hotez, a pediatrician and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.“A social movement of public health vaccine opposition has been growing in the United States in recent years; subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased,” Hotez and colleagues wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine. the number of ‘philosophical-belief’ vaccine nonmedical exemptions has risen in 12 of the 18 states that currently allow this policy: Arkansas, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.”They found pockets in some big cities, too, including Seattle, Spokane, Pittsburgh, Houston and Kansas City. Most Americans vaccinate their children on time. It’s normal and accepted to vaccinate — and the U.S. system of requiring vaccines for children to attend public schools and day care centers helps reinforce the behavior.Less than 1 percent of toddlers nationwide have never been vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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