The number of parents who opted out of school-required vaccines is on the rise.
According to Health Day News, parents would have their children opt out because of non-medical reasons. A non-medical reason could be philosophical or religious.
Between 2005-2011, the rates of non-medical exemptions were higher in the states with more relaxed exemptions. Some states have what are considered what are called "easy exemption policies."
Maryland is one of them. Researchers believe the more relaxed these requirements are, the easier it is to get an exemption.
Every state requires vaccines for school attendance that protect against diseases including measles, mumps and rubella, polio, chickenpox, and diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis.
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