California

California Parents of Children in Private Schools More Likely to Forego Vaccines

AP finds private school parents are twice as likely to opt-out than parents of public school children as the legislature considers a law to make it more difficult

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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.