The uptick in measles cases across the U.S. has affected parts of the mid-Atlantic region; in Maryland, four cases of measles have been reported, mainly in parts of Baltimore County.
And, though health officials want everyone to be vaccinated, parents with children in D.C.-area schools can choose to “opt out” having kids immunized.
The District Department of Health‘s epidemiology team reports the city’s current measles vaccination (MMR) rate is 92% for all public, charter, private and parochial schools from preschool through 12th grade.
In Maryland, the state measles vaccination (MMR) rate is 98.6%; in Prince George’s County, it’s 94.1%; Howard County is 99.4%; and Montgomery County is 99.2%.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates exemptions of one or more vaccines for children enrolled in kindergarten to be 0.6% in Maryland, 0.4% in Virginia and 0.7% in the District.
You can find more on school vaccination coverage on the CDC’s website.
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