Report: More Parents Choose Not to Vaccinate

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A published report has found more and more
California parents are choosing not to give their children routine
vaccinations before they start kindergarten, increasing the risk of
childhood disease outbreaks at hundreds of elementary schools.

According to the Los Angeles Times, an increasing numbers of parents choose not to immunize based on fears the shots could lead to autism. Such a concern has been discounted by medical research.

Parents can sign affidavits saying vaccinations are against their beliefs and send their children to school. The Times found that exemptions have doubled in the last 10 years.

The increase seems largely from parents who send their children to public schools in affluent areas.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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