Data Shows 25% Increase In Religious Exemptions For Vaccines

August 30, 2019 - 10:42 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC and AP) - Newly released data show more Connecticut students are being exempted from vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella for religious reasons.

The Department of Public Health on Thursday released information that showed the overall number of religious exemptions in the state climbed by 25%, from the 2017-18 school year to the 2018-19 school year. The agency says this represents the largest single year increase in religious exemptions for vaccinations since it began tracking statewide data 10 years ago.

While the immunization rate for kindergarten students remains high in Connecticut, this new information shows it has declined from 96.5% to 95.9%. Public Health Commissioner Renee D. Coleman-Mitchell says the decrease does "raise concern" and warrants releasing more data.

A Bristol couple is suing to stop the state from releasing school-by-school vaccination rates.

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