NOTE: Check out the phrase in this article below calling vaccination choice a social movement. Do you agree? Camas County's population is 93% Caucasian with a relatively low median income of around $43,000 per year and primarily with a high school degree, not college. We associate vaccine choice with affluence and education, as is displayed in California. Seems to differ in Idaho.
Ant-Vaccine Hotspots on Rise
More than a quarter of kindergarteners in Camas County, Idaho, lack at least some vaccinations because their parents have opted for nonmedical exemptions, researchers said Tuesday.
Idaho has eight of the top 10 counties in the country with nonmedical vaccine exemptions, the reports finds. The other two are in Wisconsin and Utah.+
These counties are among the pockets of vaccine resistance that Dr. Peter Hotez and colleagues found when looking at rates of vaccine refusals around the country. They found an increase in nonmedical vaccine exemptions in 12 out of 18 states that allow them.
“A social movement of public health vaccine opposition has been growing in the United States in recent years; subsequently, measles outbreaks have also increased,” Hotez and colleagues wrote in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Medicine. Read more.