Unlike most of US, non-medical vaccine opt-outs for children rising in CT

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New analysis by the CDC finds that while the percentage of families opting out of school-required vaccines for kindergartners for non-medical reasons is dropping nationally, Connecticut’s rate continues to rise. The percent of Connecticut kindergarteners without vaccines rose from 0.8% in 2009/2010 to 1.7% in 2015/2016. Connecticut is one of only eleven states with rising rates of non-medical exemptions. As in most states, Connecticut parents can opt-out of required vaccines for their children by asserting a religious objection. In 2015, the state changed the law to require annual certifications witnessed by a public official.  Last September, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a position statement urging all states to eliminate non-medical childhood vaccine exemptions stating, “The AAP views nonmedical exemptions to school-required immunizations as inappropriate for individual, public health, and ethical reasons and advocates for their elimination.”