Private School Vaccine Opt-Outs Rise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Monday, September 10, 2012

An Associated Press analysis finds that California parents who send their children to private schools are much more likely to not immunize their children than their public school counterparts.

California surveys all schools with at least 10 kindergartners to determine how many have all the recommended immunizations.

The AP analyzed that data and found the percentage of children in private schools whose parents forego some or all vaccinations is more than two times greater than in public schools. And not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory among the private school students.

Public health officials say the rate of children entering private schools without all of their shots jumped by 10 percent last year, while the opt-out figures held steady in public schools for the first time since 2004.

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