UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- A new report shows that fewer kids are getting vaccines as parents choose to skip the school shots.
According to an AP analysis, more than half the U.S. states have seen a slight rise in the rate of vaccine exemptions over the past five years.
While the reasons vary experts say misinformation about the effects of vaccinations is what is contributing to the increase, causing concern for pediatricians.
"People that have no medical knowledge or background of any kind end up giving medical advice with, you know, no basis and so people are just totally misinformed and it's really sad and I've never ever had a child have a serious reaction but I have had many children that have died from the diseases," said pediatrician Karen Kemper.
Kemper says not only are vaccines critical for child but for their family members and other kids, too, since diseases spread quickly.