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Couple seeks to stop release of more vaccine data


HARTFORD  — A Connecticut couple is seeking to stop the state Department of Public Health from publicly releasing additional information about immunization rates at private and public schools.

Brian and Kristen Festa, of Woodstock, have filed a lawsuit requesting a temporary injunction. The parents of an unvaccinated son say they’ve suffered “mental and emotional distress due to the vitriolic and hateful statements from the public” since the agency released immunization data on May 3.

The couple’s 7-year-old son attends a private school in Meriden for students with autism spectrum disorders where 18.5% of students claim a religious exemption from vaccinations, one of the highest exemption rates in the state. They say it’s “reasonable to presume” their son and other students will be harassed.

Attorney General William Tong’s office declined to comment.

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