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8 Facts About California's Vaccination Law

By    |   Sunday, 02 Aug 2015 09:37 PM

In a controversial move, the state of California passed legislation in June making it one of the strictest states in the nation on vaccination requirements.

Late last year an outbreak of measles erupted in Disneyland, infecting more than 100 people, according to The Associated Press. With reports of growing numbers of unvaccinated children, the debate on vaccination exemptions took center stage.

Here are some facts on the new law, which takes effect for the 2016-17 school year.

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1. California joins West Virginia and Mississippi as the only states to prohibit exemptions from required vaccinations for religious beliefs, according to the AP.

2. Medical exemptions are still available. These exceptions necessitate written proof from a physician for a child with serious health issues. Medical history may be taken into account.

3. The requirements exist for children attending public or private schools. The students with parents who refuse to obtain the vaccination must be homeschooled if there is not a medical exemption. Daycare centers are also included.

4. Students must be fully vaccinated by kindergarten and seventh grade. These are the two state checkpoints for obtaining the injections. Children not entering either of these grades are not required to have received all the shots, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

5. Required vaccines include measles and whooping cough, the Los Angeles Times reported.

6. Some California schools reported 50 percent immunization rates, far below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s herd immunity recommendation of 92 percent prior to the passage of the legislation, according to AP.

7. California and Vermont are the only two states to have successfully passed legislation removing vaccination exemptions, USA Today reported.

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8. Provisional acceptance is available. If parents can demonstrate their child has begun the process of obtaining their vaccinations, they may attend provisionally, CBS Sacramento reported.

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