Vaccine Rates Remain Down, Exemptions Are Up. What It Means for Schools

By Nirja Shah

CDC released numbers last week showing national rates of certain required vaccinations for kindergartners at around 93 percent, remaining below pre-pandemic levels, and increasing exemptions. In a recent Education Week article, Lynn Nelson, president-elect of NASN, said, “It’s going to impact attendance in schools and set up schools for preventable outbreaks that could impact not just students, but whole communities.” Read the article to see what’s behind these trends, some immediate and potential implications, and tactics Nelson says can effectively change attitudes.

Related Resources: 

  • NASN believes reaching high vaccination coverage for school-age children is an essential public health objective. Visit NASN’s Immunizations page to locate important immunization information, links, and tools, including a toolkit offering evidence-based tips and techniques to support more productive conversations and communications.