By Richard Bammer
All but one Vacaville-area public school district fall below the statewide average of student exemptions to vaccinations, or 3.3 percent, The Reporter has learned.
The data comes as state schools chief Tom Torlakson on Friday urged California parents to vaccinate their children in the wake of continued reports of measles outbreaks nationwide — including a case in Vacaville involving a child under the age of 5 — a disease track that began in December at Disneyland in Anaheim. It also comes as two state senators plan to introduce a law to end a controversial “personal belief exemption,” which allows parents to refuse to vaccinate their children.
In Vacaville Unified, some 125 students, or 1 percent of an estimated 12,500 students, are unvaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), said Danielle Storey, the assistant superintendent of educational services.