Vaccine Exemptions Soar in California – Along With Debate

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State law requires that California kindergartners be vaccinated against nine diseases, but it also allows parents to get exemptions according to their personal beliefs. The rate of personal-belief exemptions has doubled in the past seven years—and public health experts believe that’s one reason measles is returning across the state and why there’s an epidemic of whooping cough.

Credits

Guests:
Paloma Esquivel - Los Angeles Times - @palomaesquivel, Pia Pannaraj - Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Claire Martin, Sonya Geis