Vaccination Rates Continue To Rise

It looks as though the vaccination bill, otherwise known as SB 277, in California is seeing positive effects. The bill which became law at the start of this year eliminated personal belief exemptions for vaccines and mandated that every child attending public schools be fully vaccinated.

The talk of vaccines began early last year when a measles outbreak occurred at Disneyland. Since then a heated debate between health officials and anti-vaxxers commenced.

According to the California Department of Public Health, vaccination rates have increased for the 2015-16 school year. While the law does not take effect until the following school year, it seems as though parents are eager to ensure their children can continue to attend schools.

Despite the increases in fully vaccinated children, “a number of schools and communities remain at risk of contagion,” the state says. For the current school year, more than a third of California’s 58 counties still have rates of fully-vaccinated kindergartners below 90 percent.

 

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