CORRECTION: Under Oregon law, religious exemptions to vaccination requirements are allowed.
The statements on vaccines are spreading.
After Republicans Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) weighed in Monday on where they stand on vaccination requirements, more politicians have been asked to comment on the issue. House Speaker John Boehner (R) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) both backed universal vaccinations on Tuesday and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) issued a statement in response to press inquiries about his stance.
“Indiana law requires all children be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases like the measles by getting vaccinated,” he said in a statement. “Vaccines protect all our children from illnesses, and our administration strongly urges Hoosier families to have their children vaccinated.”
Indeed, as we have reported, every state requires children in kindergarten to be vaccinated. But there are exceptions to the rule, as the map above shows.
In Indiana, children can skip out on immunization requirements for medical or religious reasons. Religious exemptions are granted in all but five states—California, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and West Virginia—according to the data compiled by the Immunization Action Coalition, which is funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Eighteen states grant exemptions for personal beliefs. The map was created in June, but is up to date, according to the IAC.