An increasingly large number of Minnesota parents are opting out of vaccines for their children, according to
A new Associated Press analysis shows that Minnesota has the third highest rate of skipping out on required immunizations in the United States at 6.5 percent, reported 5 Eyewitness News.
Many parents have opted out of immunization for their children due to religious, medical or philosophical reasons.
Patsy Stinchfield, Director of Infectious Disease at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota, told 5 Eyewitness News that even one family opting out of immunizations could be harmful to an entire community if they would happen to then contract that disease for which they opted out for the shot.
However, Stinchfield reminded 5 Eyewitness News that the majority of parents are taking the responsibility to obtain the immunizations for their children.