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Interactive Map: Schools with Lowest Vaccine Rates, Most Religious Exemptions

NJ’s not immune to controversy over health benefits and possible risks associated with mandatory childhood vaccines

Use the magnifying glass or zoom in and move the map to find specific schools.

With rare exceptions, most kids in New Jersey have gotten all of the required vaccinations right? Think again.

An analysis by NJ Spotlight shows that more than 10 percent of the state’s nearly 6,000 schools and daycare centers had fewer than 94 percent of their students fully vaccinated while 111 of those facilities had even bigger vaccination gaps, with fewer than 83 percent of their students fully vaccinated.

Gov. Chris Christie has dived into the debate over vaccination mandates, benefits to public health, and fears in some quarters that the vaccines may be linked to autism and other disorders. His recent comment that parents should “have a measure of choice” when it comes to vaccines was greeted with outrage by the medical community, prompting the governor to declare later that all children should get the measles vaccine and that there should be continued dialogue on the issue.

What’s your opinion?

You can express your own view – and check out what other Garden State residents think – by participating in NJ Spotlight’s current reader poll on the vaccination issue.

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