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Research Letter
November 2016

Vaccination Coverage Rates and Factors Associated With Incomplete Vaccination or Exemption Among School-age Children Based in Public Schools in New York State

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Health and the Environment, State University of New York University at Albany, Rensselaer
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Golisano Children’s Hospital, Syracuse
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(11):1104-1107. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1347

Gaps in intentional and unintentional vaccination coverage persist and appear to be associated with socioeconomic factors that often drive social and geographic clustering.13 Nonmedical exemptions to school vaccination requirements are rising nationally and in New York State (NYS).4 In states, including NYS, that only allow religious and medical exemptions, the association between socioeconomic characteristics and vaccination coverage and exemptions is unknown. The objective of this study was to assess vaccination coverage rates and factors associated with either incomplete vaccination or exemptions among school-age children in NYS public schools outside of New York City.

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