'Ripe for an Outbreak': Vaccine Exemptions Are on the Rise

Governing: By many measures, the anti-vaccination movement is thriving.

All but three states allow parents to exempt their children from vaccine requirements for either religious or personal reasons, or both. Of the 18 states that allow both religious and personal exemptions, 12 have seen a rise in those exemptions since 2009.

“We’re reversing a lot of our gains. In Texas, we’re at around 60,000 kids not getting their vaccines. We are ripe for an outbreak,” says Peter Hotez, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

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