The Effect of Nonmedical Exemptions from School-Entry Vaccinations in Texas

By Jackie K. Olive and Kirstin R.W. Matthews

This policy brief analyzes the impact of the increasing number of parents who opt their children out of school-entry vaccinations for nonmedical reasons in Texas and argues that the state should make obtaining nonmedical exemptions more rigorous in order to reduce the public health risks and costs associated with vaccine-preventable diseases.