Even more Maine students received required vaccines during the 2022-23 school year, two years after the state enacted an immunization law for school-age children.
Not long ago Maine had one of the lowest rates of childhood vaccination in the nation, with vaccine opt-out rates reaching the sixth-highest mark in the nation during the 2018-19 school year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention data, just 0.8 percent of students entering kindergarten requested medical exemptions from the vaccine requirement, the Portland Press Herald reported. That’s down from 1.8 percent of incoming kindergarten students with exemptions reported during the 2021-22 school year.
Maine stopped allowing religious or philosophical objections to common childhood immunizations, including whooping cough and measles, in 2021.