Every state requires children to be vaccinated before they attend school, but many offer exemptions for religious, personal, or philosophical reasons. However, high-profile outbreaks of preventable diseases, like the 2015 Disneyland measles outbreak, have led states like Vermont and California to tighten their restrictions for opting out of vaccination.
In this PBS Newshour segment, Education Week correspondent Lisa Stark spoke to parents on both sides of the issue—those who feel it’s their right not to vaccinate, and a mom whose daughter was battling cancer and couldn’t be vaccinated.
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