Oregon No. 1 in Immunization Exemptions

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon now has the highest rate of immunization exemptions for its kindergartners.

The state just released the latest numbers, tallied after the deadline a couple months ago.

Last year, Oregon ranked third in the nation behind Washington and Vermont.

Lane County health workers hope this new data will garner support for some ongoing legislation work on this topic.

“That’s significant because Washington just passed a law similar to Bill 132 that requires an education component when someone files a non-medical or philosophical exemption, and what they say was a 25-percent decrease,” said Jason Davis, Public Health Spokesman.

Health workers say while they’ve seen an increase in those non-medical exemptions, they’ve also seen an increase in the number of kids being immunized.

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