The choice of some Door County parents to not vaccinate their kids has not been a problem; at least not yet. Door County has not seen an outbreak of preventable diseases recently. But with the number of parents choosing not to vaccinate their children based on personal beliefs growing across the state of Wisconsin, the risk of an outbreak increases. Mary Ellen Smith, a nurse for the Door County Public Health Department, says if you are a parent and thinking about not vaccinating your child you should talk to your doctor and go to the CDC website before making your decision.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has recently stated the number of parents declining vaccines for their school-aged children is increasing. In 2018 there was a measles outbreak in La Crosse county in Wisconsin that was able to be contained.