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After Measles Diagnosis, A Reenergized Concern About Vaccinations

Less than a month after a Plano ISD student was diagnosed with the measles, health experts are expressing concern in a statewide trend of parents opting out of immunizations.
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Less than a month after a Plano ISD student was diagnosed with the measles, health experts are expressing concern in a statewide trend of parents opting out of immunizations.

The Associated Press pushed a story onto the wire Monday that analyzes the potential impact of the growth in so-called conscientious exemption forms since 2007. The number of parents who have filed those with the state has grown from 10,000 then to about 41,000 in 2015. Earlier this month, a student at Schell Elementary in Plano ISD returned from a trip abroad and was diagnosed with the measles. Tests showing whether anyone else was exposed to it will be returned later this week.

The diagnosis prompted state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, to vow to re-file a bill that mandates parents get their children vaccinated. It did not make it out of the session last year. Texas is one of 18 states that allows for the exemptions. But despite the haranguing, less than 1 percent of Texas parents are opting out through the exemptions. And in order for a real concern of outbreaks to arise, Cook Children’s pediatrician Dr. Justin Smith told the AP that the rate would have to jump to 10 percent or higher.

Head here for the report.

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