Where the Vaccine Refuseniks Are

Samantha Bee had a fantastic segment on vaccine refuseniks last night, charging that these people come out of the left, not the right, and they tend to be highly educated and well-to-do. (Video at the bottom of this post.)

Looking at vaccination statistics of late, I've been noticing much the same thing.  My very own state of Texas is more enlightened than the great state of California when it comes to childhood immunization.  More kids in Texas kindergartens (public plus private) are vaccinated than kids in California kindergartens.
2011/212 Texas Kindergarten Annual Report

2012/13 California Kindergarten Annual Report

Another surprising thing is that the strictest vaccination requirements are found in two very conservative states.  West Virginia and Mississippi don't allow exemptions for any reason, religion or personal. 

(click to enlarge)
Texas allows exemption for any reason, lumping together all motivations under "conscientious exemption," but very few people take the conscientious exemption, as the immunization statistics show.  The number has doubled in the last few years, and the conscientious exempters are more numerous than medical exempters, but they are still very few. 

Yes, when people don't vaccinate, there is more vaccine-preventable disease.  
Take it away, Samantha Bee (I can't seem to embed)!


Scu said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Scu said...

Not saying you are wrong, but here is a counter data point: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2014/06/sorry-daily-show-anti-vax-nuts-come-both-sides-aisle

Jean Kazez said...

Thanks for the link. That's interesting. Something on the west coast is encouraging these people, but maybe not liberal politics.