Vaccine rates fall below guidelines in 90 Sacramento schools

Jul 2, 2019 by

Amid the worst national measles outbreak in a quarter of a century, more than 90 Sacramento County schools do not have vaccination rates high enough to achieve community immunity against the preventable disease.

More than a dozen of these schools are private and charter schools that reported a disproportionate number of the county’s 309 medical exemptions.

Some of these schools dipped slightly below 95 percent, the threshold considered necessary to defend sick kids who can’t get shots, according to 2018-2019 school year data from the California Department of Public Health.

Others enrolled more than a quarter of kindergarten students who are not fully vaccinated.

Camellia Waldorf in Sacramento reported a 56 percent vaccination rate among its 27 kindergartners. At Sacramento Waldorf in Fair Oaks, 65 percent of the 48 students were vaccinated. The two institutions reported a combined 16 students with medical exemptions.

Another 13 students at A.M. Winn and Alice Birney, the two Sacramento Unified public “Waldorf-inspired” schools, are using medical exemptions to avoid vaccinations. Less than 85 percent of kids in each school are vaccinated.

Source: Vaccine rates fall below guidelines in 90 Sacramento schools | The Sacramento Bee

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