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Vaccination rates increase for students in California

LA School Report | January 20, 2016

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Edsource logoBy Jane Meredith Adams

Vaccination rates increased across the state for kindergartners in 2015-16 as schools reacted to the news that their daily attendance figures would be scrutinized if they had high numbers of students who were only partially vaccinated, according to a summary analysis by the California Department of Public Health, which released its school-by-school immunization data on Tuesday.

The kindergarten vaccination rate rose to 92.9 percent, an increase of 2.5 percent from the previous year, and a rise that the state agency attributed to a 2.5 percent drop in “conditionally admitted” kindergartners who have completed some but not all of their vaccinations.

“We’re thrilled,” said Catherine Flores Martin, director of the California Immunization Coalition, a nonprofit group. “Vaccination rates are up, personal belief exemption rates are down and conditional admissions are down.”

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