Vermonters rejecting childhood immunizations double in a decade

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More Vermont parents are deciding not to vaccinate their children.

The number has more than doubled in the past 10 years.

The Vermont Department of Health tracks the numbers of families who reject the vaccines most kids get for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.

Health officials say that’s a concern because the risks of the vaccines given children against diseases ranging from measles to whooping cough are low compared to the risk of catching those diseases.

They also note that a few non-immunized kids in a school can contribute to the presence of the disease in that facility, putting others at risk.

But some parents feel the vaccines can hurt their children.

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