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California made it hard to avoid vaccinating kids. Medical waivers have tripled. Now what?

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, professor-in-residence of epidemiology and community health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was quoted in a CALmatters article about an increase in the number of medical waivers for vaccinations.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Three years after California stopped allowing families to easily opt out of childhood vaccines, the number of kids getting medical waivers has tripled—the result, critics say, of some doctors loosely issuing exemptions to help families get around the law.

The decrease has left some counties, including Nevada and Plumas, below the recommended vaccination rate required for “community immunity” against dangerous diseases such as measles and whooping cough.

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