Health concerns grow as more parents decline vaccines

03/20/2008 | NYTimes.com

Health officials and practitioners have become alarmed at the increasing number of parents opting for vaccine exemptions for their children based on religious and personal beliefs, including unproven claims that vaccines can cause autism and other illnesses. "If you have clusters of exemptions, you increase the risk of exposing everyone in the community," an expert said. Another doctor, however, said that the matter is not "such a critical public health issue that we should force parents into it."

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