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Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

Personal Belief Exemptions For Vaccines Under Fire

GUESTS:

Lorena Gonzalez, California State Assembly, District 80

Michael Kalichman, co-founder and director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology at UC San Diego

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Special Feature San Diego County Kindergarten Vaccination Rates 2014-2015

About 7.6 percent of kindergarteners in San Diego county are not up to date on their vaccinations, but the numbers vary widely by school. Check out a map by KPBS media partner inewsource showing San Diego vaccination rates by school.

The measles outbreak in California, which was traced to kids exposed to the virus at Disneyland, has created a national dialogue on why and how often parents choose not to vaccinate their kids.

Surveys of school districts, one by KPBS partner inewsource, show about 7.6 percent of kindergarteners in San Diego County are not up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Diseases once thought eradicated are once again resurfacing, and that's concerning to public health officials. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles was eliminated from the United States thanks to a highly effective measles vaccine and strong vaccination program.

But concerns about studies linking vaccines to autism have more parents opting out of that program. Now, California legislators are looking at ways to bring vaccination numbers up by eliminating personal belief exemptions.

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