Dear Governor, Congratulations~

Dear Governor Shumlin (contact him here),

Congratulations on your re-election. AND, we understand that congratulations also should go to your Health Department leaders and staff. According to their latest report, school vaccination rates for 2011-2012 have increased! And the philosophical exemption rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.7% in public schools from 2011-2012! From the report (click on this link and scroll down for Data Sources for Vaccine Coverage and then click on 2011-2012 Report Data):

“The percentage of students entering a public kindergarten who were vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and varicella (chicken pox) increased for each individual vaccine to levels higher than reported in the previous two years.”

A press release is in order, don’t you think?

We are thankful that our freedom to choose has been honored and upheld and look forward to another great year for Vermont.

Thanks again – and congratulations~

Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice

articles to ponder:

Vermont Cartoon Disturbing

Why is the AAP saying rates are low?