Lane County Public Health leaders say the numbers are encouraging.
Last year the county was ranked fourth worst for exemption rates, meaning more people were opting out of getting their shots. But this year, Lane County is up to tenth worst. Leaders say it’s a reflection of increased access to health care.
“Now with the health care exchange, people are more aware of what is available to them and what is not. Also, you know there’s been a lot of outreach not just here in Lane County but nationwide around vaccination, around the immunization debate,” said Jason Davis, Lane County Public Health spokesman.
Davis says kindergarten exemption rates are about the same, but seventh grade rates are going up.