Childhood Vaccine Exemption Rates Increasing Nationwide

Childhood Vaccine Exemption Rates Increasing Nationwide
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It seems as though the “necessity” of childhood vaccinations, widely voiced by many mainstream health officials and government figureheads, is simply not being accepted by parents around the country. While the rates of children receiving vaccines remains high, we are seeing an increase in childhood vaccine exemption rates. In eight different states, more than 1 in 20 public kindergartners are not receiving all the vaccines that the government ‘requires’ for school attendance.

Where are the highest vaccine exemption rates?

States in the West and Upper Midwest currently hold the highest vaccine exemption rates. In Washington, an overall 6 percent of public school parents decided against at least one of the vaccines “required” for their child’s attendance, while some specific locations in Washington have exemption rates as high as 20 or even 50 percent. Some other states with high vaccine exemptions rates are:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Vermont
  • Oregon
  • Michigan
  • Illinois

In addition, vaccine exemption rates increased in over half of the states, including many of the states with already high exemption rates. Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin were all states with increasing vaccine exemption rates.

Why are parents refusing vaccines for their children?

Parents just aren’t seeing what health and government officials seem to think is so clear about vaccine safety, necessity, and effectiveness. Could it be that parents are reluctant to get their children vaccinated due to the not so flattering history of many vaccines? The flu vaccine alone has been tied to convulsions, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and a number of other negative health effects. Gardasil is also a heavy hitter when it comes to serious health problems, with the vaccine leading to many deaths and thousands of hospitalizations.

Even more compelling is the severe lack of evidence highlighting the effectiveness of the shots. The Cochrane Database Review, the gold standard within the evidence-based medical model for determining the effectiveness of common medical interventions, does not lend clear scientific support to the theory that flu vaccines are safe or effective. Shockingly, these authoritative reviews reveal that there is actually a severe lack of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of influenza vaccines in children under 2, healthy adults, the elderly, and healthcare workers who care for the elderly. Other research reported on by The Lancet shows that the flu vaccine only prevents the flu in 1.5 out of every 100 adults injected with the flu vaccine.

Maybe these are some reasons why parents are refusing vaccines for their children.

But the possibility of one vaccine causing damage isn’t the only reason parents are skeptical of vaccines. The amount of shots children are given is of great concern, with the cumulative effect leading to vaccine-induced and heavy metal toxicity. By the age of 6 a child may receive 24 pricks. Not only is the number of vaccinations alarming, but parents rightfully feel that many of the vaccines are downright unnecessary, further off-putting parents and leading to vaccination refusal.

“Many of the vaccines are unnecessary and public health officials don’t honestly know what the effect of giving so many vaccines to such small children really are,” said Jennifer Margulis, a mother of four and parenting book author.

Parents nationwide simply aren’t buying into the claim that vaccines are absolutely necessary. There is a massive distrust in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in officials and legislators pushing for vaccines. If you are one of the parents who is thinking about partaking in vaccine exemption for your child, it is vital that you know that medical, religious, and philosophical reasons for exemption are at your disposal. Take advantage of these possibilities today, as there is a distinct possibility that the United States government will soon come after the exemptions through abuse of the legal system.