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How under-vaccinated are La Jolla's public schools? Rising medical exemptions beg that question; 28 students were medically excused

How under-vaccinated are La Jolla's public schools? Rising medical exemptions beg that question; 28 students were medically excused

In 2015, California outlawed non-medical vaccine exemptions for school entry. At the time, only 90.4 percent of kindergartners in our state’s public schools were fully immunized. The law (SB 277) seems to have worked, since 95.1 percent of California kindergartners had all their required shots by the 2017-18 school year, according to the California Department of Public Health.

However, medical exemptions from vaccines are rising sharply, and not all may be legitimate.

“San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) has been diligently tracking medical exemptions, and has noticed some physicians issuing exemptions that appear to be excessively frequent and based on criteria that are...

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