HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A frightening increase in the number of measles case nationally is putting a greater spotlight on the rise of unvaccinated children nationally.
This year, measles cases in the United States have climbed to their highest levels in 25 years, largely in response to false information that’s turning parents against vaccines.
Measles is highly contagious and can spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes.
The CDC recommends the measles vaccine for every American over a year old. It’s safe ― and so effective that measles was all but declared eliminated in the United States in 2000.
Hawaii isn’t immune from the uptick in unvaccinated kids.
Newly-released state figures show that at some Hawaii schools, a third of the children or more are unvaccinated. At other schools, unvaccinated kids make up a tiny minority.
Parents can seek two kinds of exemptions for vaccines: Medical and religious. And in recent years, the number of parents claiming religious exemptions has grown significantly in the islands.
The schools with the highest percentage of unvaccinated kids include:
- Haleakala Waldorf School: 52.7%
- Malamalama Waldorf School (Big Island): 46.3%
- Roots School (Maui): 41.5%
- Alakai O Kauai Charter School: 40%
- Kona Pacific Public Charter School: 37.4%
- Montessori-Maui: 35.4%
- Kilauea Elementary School (Kauai): 33%
- Kanuikapono Public Charter School: 32.9%
- Hanalei Elementary School: 29%
- Sunset Beach Elementary (Oahu): 18.9%
See a county-by-county map of the data by clicking here.