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Infectious diseases on the rise as childhood vaccinations decrease

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Infectious diseases on the rise as childhood vaccinations decrease

CREATED Feb. 29, 2012

Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - Childhood diseases such as whooping cough, measles and mumps are on the rise as immunization refusal rates have doubled, according to the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A panel of experts spoke to the Arizona House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee Wednesday, saying that the immunization rate in Arizona is around 76 percent, when it should be at 92 percent to prevent an outbreak.

Arturo Gonzalez, president of the AzAAP says parents refuse to vaccinate their children based on moral grounds, religious objections or over concerns of side-effects.

He added that the actions of a few people are putting the entire public health at risk.

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