A common mainstream-media portrayal of “anti-vaxxers”, or parents who opt out of getting their children vaccinated, is that they are backward anti-government conspiracy theorists who reside predominantly in rural enclaves in “fly-over” areas of the country. However, recent data from health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield suggests otherwise. Their data, from a 2018 study, shows that the highest percent of parents who have refused to have their children vaccinated in the entire country were found in and around…New York City! The Eastern Long Island communities comprising Nassau County, New York – home of some of the wealthiest and most sophisticated neighborhoods in the state and country – topped the list, and two other New York metro area entities, including New York City itself, round out the top three.
Anti-Vaxxers- vaccination refusal rates
| April 08, 2019