The Argument for Vaccine Exemptions
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 Hep B, DTaP, and Hib vaccines do not even claim to protect public health through herd immunity according to the CDC.
Vaccines have yet to provide herd immunity due to primary (low responders) and secondary (early waners) vaccine failure.
Current vaccination practices for chickenpox, shingles, rotavirus, and MMR don’t protect the immuno-compromised.