Immunizations- kindergartners with exemptions

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Why This Indicator Matters

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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