To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? More and more Arizonans seem to be falling into the ‘not to vaccinate’ corner.  According to a new study in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS Medicine, Arizona is one of 12 states listed as a ‘hot-spot’ for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Why? The report suggests it is because of the growing number of parents who opt-out of getting their children vaccinated in our state.

We know there are many views on this controversial matter and hope you will share your thoughts after reading several of the stories linked below. Generating conversations around the important health issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

Arizona named an anti-vaccine hot spot

As vaccine exemption rates rise in Arizona, so do the risks

Why vaccine opponents think they know more than medical experts

Health department reminds parents about immunizations

Study flags Phoenix as hot spot for potential measles outbreak

Phoenix is listed as a hotspot for kids not getting vaccines

Falling Vaccination Coverage Worries Public Health Officials

Childhood Vaccines: Which States Have the Most Unvaccinated Kids?

Low vaccination rates in county concern health officials

California keeps close eye on whooping cough after infant’s death

Study Finds Disturbing Trends in Vaccination Exemptions

Opting out of vaccines leaves these US ‘hot spots’ most vulnerable for outbreaks

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