Tougher law is indeed getting more students vaccinated in San … – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Immunization rates for kindergartners are up in San Diego County and statewide despite fears that parents leery of vaccination would find ways to skirt a law that bans personal-belief exemptions.

Newly released data from the California Department of Public Health shows that San Diego County’s kindergarten immunization rate hit 94.7 percent this school year. That’s one percentage point higher than the figure from the previous academic year.

And although this year’s rate in the San Diego region is nearly a point lower than the statewide level of 95.6 percent, it’s still the highest one for the county since the current vaccination schedule was adopted in 2001.

The increased rates across most of California occurred even though there is evidence that some parents who would otherwise decline to vaccinate their children based on personal beliefs managed to find a doctor willing to write them a medical exemption. Under current state law, medical exemptions from a licensed physician are still valid.

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