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California Sees Increase in Parents Seeking Exemptions From Vaccination Requirements

Public health officials say more kindergarteners are entering California’s schools without obtaining their required vaccinations.

An interactive map from displays vaccination rates for California kindergarteners by county.

In a California Healthline Special Report by Rachel Dornhelm, experts discussed the recent uptick in parents seeking personal belief exemptions from state immunization requirements.

The Special Report includes comments from:

  • Bruce Horwitz, an Oakland pediatrician;
  • Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center;
  • John Talarico, director of California Department of Public Health’s Immunization Branch; and
  • Karen, a parent who plans to apply for a personal belief exemption (Dornhelm, California Healthline, 5/9).

The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.

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