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With fewer kids vaccinated, more Minnesota schools are vulnerable to measles and chickenpox


March 26, 2019

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Linsey Rippy waited for her daughter Madi, 12, to get off the school bus after middle school. Madi is a 6th grader.

The number of Minnesota schools with low kindergarten vaccination rates for measles and chickenpox has grown sharply in the last five years, prompting concern among state health officials that they are vulnerable to outbreaks of the highly contagious diseases.

One-third of Minnesota schools had kindergarten vaccination rates below the level required for "herd immunity," according to a Star Tribune analysis of 1,110 elementary schools.


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