Marin County’s Vaccination Opt-Out Rate Nearly Doubles
In Marin County, the personal belief exemption rate -- which allows parents to opt out of immunizing their children by signing a waiver acknowledging that their children may be kept from schools during disease outbreaks -- has increased from 4.2% in 2005 to 7.83% in 2012-2013. California is one of about 20 states with such a loophole in its vaccination law. The statewide personal belief exemption rate reached 2.79% in 2012-2013.
- "Number of Marin Children Without Vaccinations Continues To Grow; Health Officials Worried" (Halstead, Marin Independent Journal, 8/18).