Ap Exclusive: Private School Vaccine Opt-outSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 11:37
AP EXCLUSIVE: Private School Vaccine Opt-Out
By HANNAH DREIER Associated Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. September 9, 2012 (AP)
Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students.
The state 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 who forego some or all vaccinations is more than two times greater than in public schools.