Immunizations- kindergartners with exemptions

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Kindergarten-entry vaccination requirements have played an important role in controlling vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States.  Maine like most other states does allow for exemptions to this based on medical, religious or philosophical reasons. If more kindergartners are vaccinated the chance that disease will spread through schools and communities is lessened.

What the data shows
For 2016, Somerset, Hancock, Knox and Sagadahoc had the highest rates of kindergarten exemption at 9.1%, 8.7%, 8.6% and 8.4% respectively.  The counties with the lowest rates of exemption from vaccination at the kindergarten level were: Washington, Piscataquis and Lincoln Counties. These counties had rates of  1.8%, 3.0% and 3.7% respectively.
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Definitions: Kindergartners with exemptions shows the percent of kindergarten students with a written exemption on file for medical, religious or philosophical reasons for any required vaccine. The numerator is the number of kindergartners with an exemption for any vaccine and the denominator is the number of kindergartners.


Data Source: For Maine,Maine Immunization Report 2016 Last page shows rate for Maine of 5.0% for 2016-2017 and 4.5% for 2015-2016. For counties,  County exemption rates  and click on individual counties.

Footnotes: County data may be for a different date than the link above for state of Maine data.

Updated August 2018