Report: Slow Trend Away From Child Immunizations


In spite of awareness campaigns and efforts to encourage childhood immunizations, state officials are detecting a "slow trend" of children not getting their shots.

The Times News reports today that an increasing number of parents are refusing to let their children receive school immunizations. While new statistics for the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year haven't been tallied yet, officials said about 3 percent of Idaho's school population was not immunized.

"Overall, the number has been fairly stable but even though we may not see a lot of mumps, it's all a plane ride away," Tom Shanahan, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare told the Times News. "There's that concern for the children that aren't protected."

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