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Vermont vaccination rates for 2011-2012 school year have been published on the VT Health Department website and they show rates are increasing - not decreasing - as lawmakers, the media and the general public were told during the unprecedented and regressive bid to remove Vermont's philosophical vaccine exemption last spring.The availability of this report calls into question the assertions made by Vermont Health Officials to the media and to the legislature last session in a baseless attempt to remove our rights to philosophical vaccine exemption: Namely, that drastically falling vaccination rates and rising exemption rates were the reason that Vermont’s philosophical vaccine exemption had to go.
To get to the Vermont data, click on this link and scroll down for Data Sources for Vaccine Coverage and then click on 2011-2012 Report Data. From the "highlights of the report" tab: "The percentage of students in public and private kindergarten with a philosophical exemption for one or more vaccines was 5.2%, down from 5.4% in the prior year. The philosophical exemption rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.7% in public schools." The percentage of students entering a public kindergarten who were vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox) increased for each individual vaccine to levels higher than reported in the previous two years."
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