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Mississippi, West Virginia toughest on school immunizations

1 year 8 months 2 weeks ago February 10, 2015 Feb 10, 2015 Tuesday, February 10 2015 February 10, 2015 2:19 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mississippi and West Virginia are known for their struggles with health crises. Yet when it comes to getting children vaccinated, these states don't mess around.

A recent measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people has brought attention to policies in 48 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccinating their children because of their religious or personal beliefs, or both.

West Virginia and Mississippi are the only states that refuse to give those two exemptions. Separate efforts to significantly loosen those rules died in both states' legislatures last week.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mississippi has the highest immunization rate in the country for children entering kindergarten at 99.7 percent. West Virginia is at roughly 96 percent.

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