AIM Position Statement on Personal Belief Exemptions from State Vaccination Mandates

AIM supports the right of states and territories to enact school and childcare vaccination requirements. Immunization requirements in schools and childcare provide a foundation for high-levels of vaccination in children.

Exemptions from school and childcare requirements can lead to disease outbreaks. Scientific research shows that the easier personal belief exemptions are to obtain, the more often exemptions are utilized. Exemptions, in turn, increase the risk of individual infection and population-level disease outbreaks through the erosion of herd immunity.

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