Arizona's Rate of Children Not Being Vaccinated Climbs Yet Again

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The percentage of Arizona kindergartners not getting vaccinated went up yet again this year.

The Arizona Department of Health Services released its annual report on how many children aren't getting vaccinated due to a parent's "personal belief" exemption, a rate that's up to 4.7 percent for kindergarten children.

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That's up from a 3.9 percent exemption rate during last school year, 3.4 percent the year before, and 3.2 percent the year before that. According to ADHS director Will Humble, the exemption rate was just 1.6 percent back in 2004.

The state health department has been on a crusade to try to get more kids vaccinated, which included hosting town-hall style meetings with parents in an attempt to find out why some parents aren't getting their kids vaccinated:
Fear of autism or other side effects, dislike of too many vaccines, perceived potential vaccine contaminants, perceived lack of vaccine effectiveness, and lack of trust of manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, government, and physicians. 62% of exempting parents knew someone who had a severe reaction to a vaccine dose.
(The American Academy of Pediatrics has prepared a document with about 40 or so medical studies finding zero relation between vaccines in autism.)

In a blog post, Humble says the increasing exemption rate is "putting herd immunity at risk." Herd immunity describes how large proportions of the population being vaccinated can prevent the spread of the diseases.

The ADHS report also points out that the exemption rates are different among different types of schools.

In public schools, the personal belief exemption rate for kindergartners went from 3.1 percent to 3.6 percent. In private schools, it increased from 6.2 percent to 7.5 percent, and in charter schools, the rate increased from 7.4 percent to 9.1 percent.

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reissd
reissd

It's extremely tragic when parents, buying into misinformation, leave their children unprotected against disease. It's good that Arizona is trying to improve the information provided to parents - but maybe an educational module should be attached to the personal belief exemption? Children deserve better than to be left at risk of disease, and communities deserve better than being at risk of outbreaks. 

Chris Hedges
Chris Hedges

Read the actual content in the pic, not just the big letters genius.

Patrick N. Smith
Patrick N. Smith

Most anti-vax folks I know are leftists, vegan 'natural' types...and DEMOCRATS...so where's your argument? From Jenny McCarthy on down all the notables are Democrats.....so?

Jewel Levy
Jewel Levy

That logic, too, has holes in it. Can't buy it. I think herd immunity is a myth created to sell more vaccines.

Kristen Larsen
Kristen Larsen

It's about transmitting the disease to people who can not be vaccinated, such as infants or people with certain allergies or ailments. When too many people are unvaccinated you loose the "herd" protection that otherwise helps these people avoid the diseases.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And because exposing children to diseases that they don't even have yet makes sense.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And because the FDA Is here to protect us...

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And the Masses are smarter because they believe everything they read

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And the AMA has more than a 2% success rate in curing cancer.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And Mercury in dental fillings doesn't leach.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

And GMO's are safe. Having pesticides spliced into the DNA.

DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa
DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa

People get cancer from traits, or poor eating, look around, your gov poisons u every day, gmos, pestisides on food, grown hormones, and u blame God for that? Seems legit. Had nothing to do with not believing enough...people get stds because they have sex with everyone, u reep what u sow , and if u knew why people hot cancer u might be blamong the food corp and noth people who didn't have any part in it. Find the teuth for yourself.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Just like Fluoride prevents tooth decay and isn't a by-product of the chemical warfare agent Sarin.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

God doesn't give people cancer, Nic Lindbergh, people do.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Why don't you chop off your breasts in case you get breast cancer, folks.

Jewel Levy
Jewel Levy

This is simply a result of information getting out. Not superstition. and I still wonder why the big worry about unvaccinated kids giving measles to the vaccinated. That just isn't logical.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Not if your vaccines really work. Now think about it.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Got a flu vaccine once. Had the flu all season long.

Sara Sturz
Sara Sturz

Formaldehyde. Mercury. And much much more.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

No problem. I'll also tell him what asshole he is for giving my brother cancer and letting him die since, according to you, be didn't believe hard enough. Just remember - you'll have to answer for being an idiot. Good luck!

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

I'm an atheist. The delusional god crap does nothing here. I would like to see a change in the number of vaccinations and the quantity given at one time. But I am quite okay with no vaccinations for my daughter at this point, as the CDC and HMO have advised.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

I have faith in a lot of things, Mr. Judgy-pants. One of those being education. Try it.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

Yes, there are other possible side effects. No, being vaccinated doesn't guarantee that the disease won't be contracted. But look at the actual numbers. Violent side effects are extremely rare. There is a small portion of the population that vaccines do nothing for. It's still worth the risk. Very, very worth it.

DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa
DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa

People have been raised from the dead, God doesnt heal people who do not believe in him, this is biblical...and there isnt a whole lot of research on what your soul is made up of either. sounds like you dont have any faith in anything but yourself.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

"Prevent" is not the same as "guarantees against." Though I would bet that if you had not been vaccinated, it would have been a lot worse.

Nic Lindbergh
Nic Lindbergh

People are not being raised from the dead. God did not eradicate polio. I don't know where you're doing your "research," but it sounds like it's all coming from the voices in your head.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

This is an unintended consequence of our legislature encouraging ignorant people to send their kids to religious schools. They don't get as much peer pressure to get vaccinated when so many of the other parents are also superstitious.


Jaybe Espy
Jaybe Espy

Go to rural Africa or India or china they have orphanage s full of unwanted unvaccinated polio kids that's why we vaccinate

Jaybe Espy
Jaybe Espy

if u don't vaccinate Ur Kid n he goes to school the measles or mumps or polio travels with the vaccinated kid home where they can then infect infants who are not vaccinated yet and are most vulnerable and can die

Heath Clouse
Heath Clouse

If you want to vaccinate, do it. If not, then don't. What the hell happened to living your life the way that you want to, and letting your neighbor do the same? There's something fundamentally wrong with all of this arguing over crap that just does not matter. And the media just loves stirring the pot.

Jerry Guevin
Jerry Guevin

Stupidity reigns. I guess the anti-vaxers want their kids to get sick.

Kimberly Cole
Kimberly Cole

I was vaccinated for chicken pox..then had chicken pox twice....if the vaccine was supposed to prevent it, how & why did I get it twice!?

DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa
DjAdidas Nick Nuvamsa

Many people from around the world have been healed by God, even been brought back to life after been dead, these are facts that hundreds of people saw with their own eyes, next.

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

And btw, I am an atheist, so don't Sky Daddy me.

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

I had all my vaccinations and still got whooping cough. As a child I had measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and who knows what else. The current vaccination schedule is damaging out children. If we can't pinpoint why, we need to go back and start over. If you cannot bring yourself to read and comprehend both sides of the story, including statistical evidence NOT provided by vaccine makers, then examine the settlement records of damaged patients. Even with the unbelievably stringent requirements and delays in court, the legal evidence is becoming proof that cannot be denied.

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

Have you ever sat and watched your child have seizures for three hours and have doctors tell you "there's really not much we can do.....?"

Susan Carlson
Susan Carlson

According to VAERS and court documentation it is NOT extremely rare.

Sara Davis
Sara Davis

Susan Carlson im sorry if that happen to your child but that is an extremely rare case. Id be willing to take that chance than risking my kid get all the diseases they were vaccinated with. You ever watch a baby die from whooping cough or see what polio does to some one?

Sara Davis
Sara Davis

Destiny Rodríguez its that type of ignorance that will bring horrible diseases back we havent had to deal with for years. And innocent children will lose thier lives. People are living longer because we are vaccinated. I have a very large family we all were vaccinated and we are all healthy because of it.

reissd
reissd

The problem is that although it's true that it's the unvaccinated children who are more at risk from the decision not to vaccinate, it doesn't stop there. Not vaccinating puts others at risk - those the unvaccinated child an infect - and by reducing herd immunity, puts the whole community at risk. It's not just a personal decision. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

If you really got it twice, then you failed to develop natural immunity, too, so the fault is in your immune system, not the vaccine.

reissd
reissd

Actually, the best evidence we have is that the schedule is actually safe. Most recently: Margaret A. Maglione, et al., Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review, 2014-1079 PEDIATRICS (2014).



I'm glad you got through measles, mumps, chicken pox etc' with no harms - of course, those who died or who permanently harmed an speak. That is not a reason to dismiss them. 

reissd
reissd

VAERS is not a good source for information of vaccine injury, because anyone can post anything (a doctor once posted that the influenza vaccine turned him into the incredible hulk), and while there is under reporting to it, there is also a lot of over reporting.


Looking at court: the NVICP is a no-fault, plaintiff friendly program. In the 25 years of its existence, it compensated 3500 cases. A little over a hundred a year. With million of vaccine doses given a year - and a low standard of proof required. That's a tiny number. Here are two comparisons: each year, an average of 35000 people die in car accidents in the U.S. - die, not are injured. And in 2012-2013, 170 children died from flu - the vast majority unvaccinated.

No wonder pediatricians point out that the most dangerous part of being vaccinated is driving to the pediatrician's office to get the shot. 

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