Back-to-school preparations often exclude vaccines in PA

By Eric Holmberg | PublicSource | Aug. 30, 2015

Children going back to school in Pennsylvania could be walking into classrooms where as many as one out of every five classmates don’t have all the vaccines required by the state.

While many parents believe that disease outbreaks in school are rare because of vaccines, there were a record number of measles cases in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 668 cases in 27 states was the highest number since measles were considered eliminated in 2000.

Photo: The green dots represent kindergartens in Pennsylvania schools that have high measles vaccination rates. The yellow and red dots mean lower rates and a higher chance of an outbreak. View the interactive map here.

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