Tougher Inoculation Law Prompts Jump in California Vaccination Rate

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The vaccination rate for California’s kindergartners soared this fall from the previous year, fueled by a state law that made it significantly tougher for parents to exempt schoolchildren from shots.

Dr. Monica Asnani says goodbye to Kristian Richard, being held by his mother, Natasha, after he was given a measles shot in Los Angeles in 2015. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

It was the highest vaccination rate among kindergartners since at least 1998, and comes after a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014 focused new attention on the issue.

New data released Wednesday showed that the percentage of California’s kindergartners as of last fall with all required vaccinations rose from 92.8% to 95.6%. Los Angeles County’s rate jumped from 90% to 95%, and Orange County’s from 92.5% to 95.5%.

More kindergartners were also getting the measles vaccination. An astonishing 97.3% of California’s kindergartners reported receiving both measles shots, up from 94.5% a year ago and 92.6% reported in the fall of 2014, just before the Disneyland measles outbreak struck.

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California’s vaccination rate. (Credit: Los Angeles Times Graphics)