- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Center for Disease Control officials say the state is experiencing a record number of chicken pox cases for the 2014-2015 school year.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Gj58qR ) Maine has had 84 cases so far, nearly double the 2013-2014 school year.

Most cases have been infections of unvaccinated or under-immunized children. Of the 84 cases, 57 were in unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children, including those too young to receive the vaccine.

Maine has one of the highest voluntary opt-out rates in the country for parents choosing not to vaccinate their children.

Officials say chicken pox has been reported in every Maine county except for Washington County.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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