DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A rise in the number of Texas students who forgo vaccinations is troubling public health officials and runs contrary to efforts in California and elsewhere to ensure students get immunized.READ MORE: I-Team: Bank Of America And Zelle Customers Targeted In New High-Tech Scam
Ten years ago there were about 10,000 Texas students exempt from at least one federally recommended vaccination, and that number climbed last year to nearly 41,000.
Texas is one of 18 states that allow parents to cite religion or personal beliefs in exempting their children from vaccination. Texas began allowing exemptions for reasons of conscience in 2003.READ MORE: Technology Helping Melissa ISD Retain School Bus Drivers During Nationwide Shortage
Some parents and professionals in the medical community believe children receive too many vaccinations in too short a window of time, with the risks of vaccination potentially outweighing the benefits for otherwise healthy children.
Students who aren’t fully vaccinated account for less than 1 percent of the 5.2 million students enrolled in Texas schools.
California passed a new law last year that allows only medical exemptions after an outbreak of measles at Disneyland.MORE NEWS: Parents Share Safety Concerns At Mansfield ISD Town Hall On Campus Security Following School Shooting
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