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More North Carolina families using religious exemptions to opt out of vaccinations

Sep 25, 2019

By Jonah Kaplan and Tonya Simpson

We may be One Nation Under God, but religion, at least on paper, is becoming more of a factor in North Carolina families saying “no thanks” to immunizations for all.

In this special investigation, the ABC11 I-Team joined the seven other ABC Owned Television Stations to dig into vaccination rates and their impact on the significant return of measles in across the country.

“People who lived through these diseases that killed their children were so desperate for the vaccine they wouldn’t have dreamed of refusing them,” said Dr. Gabriela Maradiaga-Panayotti, a Duke Hospital pediatrician. “There are many people now who don’t think this is an active issue. They don’t think it’s going to affect them or their child and what worries me is how we are getting the information to these families.”

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One comment on “More North Carolina families using religious exemptions to opt out of vaccinations”

  • “…….what worries me is how we are getting the information to these families.”

    They will probably not care at all about information, they have their beliefs and those trump any knowledge. Knowledge will be seen as a lure from the devil.


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