Half of private school’s students got vaccination waivers

New Mexico

Officials say more than half the students at a New Mexico private school have received state exemptions to required vaccinations.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that 119 out of 226 students at the Santa Fe Waldorf School were exempted for the 2018-19 school year.

Waldorf School spokeswoman Carole Cressman says the number of exempted students has remained steady over the past five years.

Cressman says the school doesn’t track of how many of the vaccination waivers are for medical or religious reasons.

State Department of Health spokesman David Morgan says the department considers this density of unvaccinated children at a school a “risk to public health.”

He says the more unvaccinated people grouped together, the more likely a preventable disease like measles will spread.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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