95.8% of NJ school children are vaccinated (94.2% fully vaccinated; 1.6% provisional – with one dose and actively completing the catch up doses). Only 2.6% of NJ school children exercise the Religious Exemption. Forcing this small percentage of NJ children to be vaccinated by eliminating the Religious Exemption will have no discernible impact on public health for the following reasons:
The HepB, DTaP, and Hib vaccines don’t claim to protect the public through herd immunity, but only the individual, according to the CDC.
Vaccines alone can not provide herd immunity for many pathogens due to primary and secondary vaccine failure.
Current vaccination practices for chickenpox, shingles, rotavirus, and MMR don’t protect the immuno-compromised.
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