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Childhood Vaccination Rates Climb In California
National Public Radio

Maybe it was last January’s big measles outbreak at Disneyland that scared more California parents into getting their kids vaccinated. Or maybe health campaigns have become more persuasive. Or maybe schools getting stricter about requiring shots for entry made a difference.

Whatever the reasons, childhood vaccination rates last fall went up in nearly every county in California, according to data released Tuesday by state health officials.

The California Department of Public Health annually reports vaccination data for kindergartners at virtually all public and private schools statewide. For the 2015-2016 school year, 92.9 percent of kindergartners were up-to-date on their shots — a increase of 2.5 percentage points from the previous term.