Strict Vaccination Bill Yields Success In California Schools
Nearly 96 percent of kindergartners in the state are vaccinated after the measure's first year of implementation.
Los Angeles Times:
Did A New, Tough Law Boost The Percentage Of Vaccinated California Kindergartners?
Vaccinations of California’s kindergartners jumped this fall from the previous year, boosting the percentage of students with all required vaccinations to 96% from 93%. It was the highest vaccination rate among kindergartners since 2001, the California Department of Public Health said. (Karlamangla and Lin, 4/12)
San Francisco Chronicle:
Vaccination Rates For California Kindergartners Continue To Rise
Nearly 96 percent of children were fully vaccinated when they started kindergarten in the fall, according to a report released by the California Department of Public Health. That’s up from 93 percent in the previous school year and 90 percent in 2014-15. (Allday, 4/12)
San Jose Mercury News:
California’s Kindergarten Vaccination Rates Hit New High
“It is gratifying to see that in the course of just one school year, more children and the public at large are now more fully protected from preventable diseases,” said Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, who co-authored Senate Bill 277, which fueled one of Sacramento’s most vitriolic legislative debates in years. (Seipel, 4/12)
California Vaccine Rates Increase After Legislature Toughens Rules For Children
Senate Bill 277, signed in 2015, required children without medical exemptions to receive all their shots before enrolling in school and eliminated a provision that allowed parents to seek personal and religious belief exemptions. (Luna, 4/12)
More SoCal Kindergartners Are Getting Vaccinated
A 95 percent immunization rate is the approximate threshold necessary to prevent the transmission of measles, according to Public Health. It found that the number of counties reporting a rate lower than that for the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine went from 31 in 2015-16 to 14 this school year. (Glickman, 4/12)