Vaccination Exemptions in the USA
The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) publishes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and in it they track the vaccination rates in different states for children enrolled in kindergarten, and an interesting table is the report on the rate of exemptions from vaccinations, as well as the reason behind it. Granted, different states have varying laws with regards to vaccination requirements, and some allow separation of the exception reasons between medical, religious and other philosophical reasons, which makes getting consistent data problematic. But we do have good data for the 2015–2016 enrollment, and the 2016–2017 enrollment.
The reports themselves are straight tables, but data visualization helps in teasing out the meaning there.
This data is dense, but highlights some problematic states, like Oregon, which has an unusually high rate of vaccine exemptions, and most of them for non medical reasons. Let’s look at the trend from year to year.
Sadly, the antivaccinationist movement seems to be permeating the mindshare, just by manipulating doubt and exploiting parental concern. Non medical exemptions are a key to this degradation of our public health system.