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Protect kids, promote vaccines

Protect kids, promote vaccines

Parents in Illinois send a child to school with the expectation that he or she will be safe from common childhood diseases because the other students have been vaccinated. But in many classrooms, that's not true. Thousands of children in Illinois attend schools where vaccination rates have sagged. It's important to maintain what doctors call "herd immunity" — a critical level of protection that prevents an epidemic from taking hold and spreading rapidly. The lower the rates, the higher the risk. One reason more children aren't vaccinated in Illinois: Parents can easily opt out by claiming a religious exemption. The Illinois House and Senate have passed...

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