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Tracy Filipi prepares to give her son Adrian some graham crackers after he received his 15-month shots during a checkup Wednesday afternoon at Sanford Bemidji Clinic. Also receiving the same shots was Adrian's twin brother, Dallas, who was comforted by his father, Ben. Pioneer Photo/Bethany Wesley

Health Department: Area tops state for child immunization

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Minnesota has the third-highest rate for vaccination exemptions for school-aged children.

That doesn't surprise local physicians.

Dr. David Erickson, a pediatrician, with Sanford Bemidji, said there is a national trend toward opting out of the recommended vaccination schedule.

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