The parents in Uath are getting Smarter.
According to Rich Lakin, Immunization Manager for UDOH, herd immunity occurs when 95 percent of the population is immunized; that protects babies and medically vulnerable people who can’t be immunized. When less than 95 percent of the population is vaccinated, the herd immunity is compromised.
Lakin said the vaccine most commonly refused by parents is the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). He added that parents who exempt kids from shots do so for religious or medical reasons — but mostly for personal reasons. Many of those parents don’t believe in vaccines. Some he said, still believe that vaccines cause autism — a theory he says has been debunked by researchers.