The Immunization Partnership says Texas schools are seeing another rise in non-medical vaccination exemptions.
“For reasons that have nothing to do with medical reasons,” President and CEO Anna Dragsbaek told KTSA News. “They are reasons of fear or reasons of lack of access.”
She said the trend is going in the wrong direction. It’s parental choice, but she said it puts other students at risk.
“There’s a lot of children and adults with us who cannot be immunized because of an underlying medical condition or an allergy, so for those people, we have to keep the immunization rates high,” she said.
The group pointed out North East Independent School District with roughly 660 students who have filed non-medical exemptions.
District spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said more people have opted out in the last year or two, but “it’s less than 1% of our total student population that is opting out, so our numbers are still really good.”
She told KTSA that the district encourages immunization for all students.