Vt. Health Department releases immunization rates

A survey by the Vermont Health Department shows that about 87 percent of students going into kindergarten have had a full round of vaccines, which is the same rate as last year. Health officials said the survey also shows that, because of a philosophical exemption, about 5.5 percent of kindergarten students did not get at least one of the shots, which is the second-highest rate in the country. In the past legislative session, a bill passed the House that would have made it harder for parents to have their children exempt from Vermont’s mandatory immunization law based on either medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. But the Senate rejected the legislation.