Low vaccination rates at North State schools raise concern

Jan 29, 2015 6:10 PM by News Staff

Concerns over low vaccination rates are growing as the Disneyland measles outbreak continues to spread across the state and in Shasta County vaccination rates continue to drop at an alarming rate.

In November, Action News Now Reporter Angela Musallam took a look at the dangerously low vaccination rates in Shasta County.

California law states that parents can choose not to vaccinate their children for religious or personal beliefs and in November we learned that several schools in Redding have more than 20 percent of the student body unvaccinated, with parents citing the personal belief exemption.

Kindergarteners are supposed to enter school with vaccines against 9 different diseases, including the measles and whooping cough. After taking a look at kindergarten classes in Shasta County it was found that several schools have exemption rates more than 10 times the state average.

At Stellar Charter School 28 percent of students have not been vaccinated, at Shasta Elementary School there is a 39 percent exemption rate, but the highest amount of unvaccinated students in the county is at Bethel Christian School, where approximately 54 percent of kindergarten students are not vaccinated.


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