Here’s a ranking for which Mississippians should be proud.
The Magnolia State has the longest streak in the country for going without a confirmed case of measles. George Herbert Walker Bush (otherwise known as Bush I) occupied the White House when Mississippi had its last confirmed measles case. No accident there. The state has a school children vaccination rate of 99.7 percent – the nation’s highest.
Mississippi is one of only two states (the other West Virginia) that forbid either philosophical or religious immunization exemptions for school children, according to a video segment on today’s Washington Post’s Post TV. West Virginia had its last confirmed case in 1994 and Mississippi in 1992.
The segment attributes Mississippi’s measles-free environment to a court system that puts public health above parental choice.
Meanwhile, with measles rates having tripled nationwide in 2014 (even causing California to warn against visiting Disneyland), Mississippi legislators are considering inserting a religious exemption for the vaccinations into state law.
Until Mississippi lawmakers decide the state deserves it’s fair share of measles cases, the state is a refuge for parents looking for a safe place for their children. “If you’re looking for a public school with no measles, you may want to consider a move to Mississippi,” the Post said in its video segment.
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