Vaccination exemptions on the rise among El Paso students

Health and Medical

As the measles outbreak spreads into Texas, KTSM has learned that there’s a spike in the number of unvaccinated students here in El Paso County.

According to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services, .15 percent of students were not vaccinated in the 2011-2012 school year.

However, the most recent data from the 2017-2018 school year shows the rate has inceased to .30 percent.

More than 100 cases of measles have been reported in 10 states so far this year, including seven cases in Houston and Denton.

Local health experts say the chances of measles spreading is very real considering some parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children.

“We want all of the kids to be healthy,” Azmavet Delgado, a registered nurse, tells KTSM. “If there’s one child who’s not vaccinated, then they are already being a cause for other kids to be at risk of contracting the measles. It’s that one patient that could make a difference.” 

For information on how, when, and where to get immunized in El Paso, click HERE.

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