A Texas Department of Health Services report shows the number of people in the state who chose to not immunize their children for non-medical reasons has jumped this past school year despite a record-breaking measles outbreak in the U.S.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the number of parents who sought exemptions rose 14% in 2018-2019, continuing a 15-year upward trend that public health officials worry leaves communities susceptible to a resurgence of preventable diseases.

Measles has been reported in 23 states this year, including Texas. As of Thursday, 764 measles cases have been reported — the most recorded in the nation since 1994.

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
FILE – In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines are seen in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Houston health department officials say the increase in the number of parents choosing to not vaccinate their children is primarily due to massive amounts of misinformation.

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