JACKSON, Miss. – A bill that would that would have allowed parents to opt their kids out of getting vaccinated before they start school for philosophical reason has been completely gutted by amendments. Now the bill only allows for medical exemptions which is how Mississippi currently handles vaccinations. What the bill does do is make some technical changes to current law.
Thursday, the Mississippi Senate passed a resolution recognizing public and private health providers for having the highest rate of kindergarten vaccination rates in the nation at 99.7 percent. Currently, 14 states across the country have reported cases of the measles, while Mississippi has not had a case of the measles in over two decades.