We’re not quite done with spooky stuff, apparently. As sniffles and snuffles from various viruses take hold, KUOW is reporting on the number of unvaccinated school children in the city:
According to state data obtained by KUOW, many people in this well-educated, wealthier part of the city omit some vaccines and introduce others more slowly than health officials recommend.
It’s a trend reflected nationwide, said Paul Throne of the state Office of Immunization and Child Profile.
“They have confidence interpreting data for themselves,” Throne said of these higher income, better educated parents. “A physician’s recommendation may carry no greater weight than their friend’s recommendation.”
In 2012-2013, about 58% of Seattle schools had an opt-out rate higher than the state’s average of 4.6%, KUOW reports. One of Capitol Hill’s two public elementary schools came in at a whopping 7.9% opt-out rate.
Here are the numbers for the 12/13 Capitol Hill kindergartners:
From the KUOW dataset, 26.3% of the kindergartners at 18th Ave E’s Stevens were either under-vaccinated or listed as opted out according to the state. Lowell numbers are less extreme. KUOW also reports that the numbers don’t get much better for the area’s private schools with Bright Water School, Bertschi School, and the Seattle Hebrew Academy all weighing in among the city’s “top 5” for highest opt-out rates in the city.