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DENVER (CBS4) – All over the U.S. more parents are opting out of vaccinations for their children and Colorado has one of the highest rates of exemptions in the country.
According to a The Associated Press analysis, more than half of all states have seen a rise in the rate of exemptions over the past 5 years. Colorado had the second highest rate at 7 percent — second only to Alaska at 9 percent.
Reasons for skipping the shots vary. Some parents don’t think the vaccines are essential and others worry about health risks.
Some of the doctors surveyed are concerned that the decrease in vaccines could actually be a health risk to the public.