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Anti-vaccine movement may be waning

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Despite fears that the anti-vaccine movement is growing in the U.S., a study by Rollins researchers suggests otherwise. Led by Dr. Saad Omer, William H. Foege Chair in Global Health, the study looked at the rates of families who refuse to get their children vaccinated for philosophical or religious reasons. While the overall vaccine exemption rate rose between 2011 and 2013, it plateaued after that.

“I think there is some cause for cautious optimism,” says Omer. “However, we’ll have to see if this trend continues and we start seeing declines in vaccine refusal.”

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