More in Clark County Wanting to Skip Immunizations

The number of Clark County residents requesting exemptions for immunizations is on the rise.

Health officials say they approved nearly 100 exemptions this year, up from 73 last year. They received nearly 30 exemption requests each month.

Officials worry the increase is due to concerns about a possible link between autism and childhood vaccines.

There are only two types of exemptions available in Nevada. The first is for medical purposes, which must be verified by a physician.

The second is for religious beliefs, which does not require documentation.

Most of the immunization exemption requests are sought based on
religious beliefs.

Officials are concerns parents are making the request without all the proper information.

Children who do not receive childhood vaccines are vulnerable to
measles, mumps, whooping cough, chicken pox and Hepatitis A and B.

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