Could California Law To Boost Vaccine Uptake End Up Reducing It?

Ah, California. Hotbed of vaccine refusal, home to vaccine “exemption clusters” that might have been at the root of the 2010 pertussis outbreak in that state. Marin County CA, for example, can boast a high frequency of parents claiming exemptions from vaccinating their children because of “personal belief,” which doubled there from 2005 to 2013. In some schools in that county, as many as three-quarters of entering kindergartners enroll with a personal belief exemption.


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