Driving the news: School vaccine waivers more than doubled in some parts of the state from 2020 to 2021, according to preliminary immunization data obtained by Axios Salt Lake City.
By the numbers: Barely a quarter of Utah’s elementary schools had at least 95% of their kindergarteners fully vaccinated last fall — the rate needed for herd immunity against measles.
- The share of Utah schools where more than 5% of kindergarteners were exempt rose by nearly 40%.
- Most of those schools are in politically conservative parts of the state.
Why it matters: Children who can’t be vaccinated due to allergies or other medical problems rely on their peers to protect them from serious illnesses like measles, whooping cough and polio.
- The sharp increases in vaccine waivers undo gains in vaccine co….. https://www.axios.com/local/salt-lake-city/2022/08/23/school-vaccine-waivers-skyrocketing-utah?stream=top
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