More New Mexico kids not being vaccinated

More New Mexico kids not being vaccinated
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 9:50pm

A troubling trend has New Mexico health officials concerned. Thousands of families are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

In 2011, 3,372 parents opted out of required school vaccines by receiving a religious belief exemption. That's up 194 percent from 1999 when 1148 families opted out.

New Mexico only permits exemptions for medical or religious reasons, although a recent health department study shows a majority of those families actually chose not to vaccinate their children because of philosophical reasons, which is not allowed.

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