California law puts end to ‘personal exemption’ for school immunizations

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SAN JOSE (KRON) – As tens of thousands of kids across the state head back to the classrooms, there is a new law that has put an end to the so-called “personal exemption” for immunization requirements in what supporters said will protect the vast majority of public school students.

From infectious diseases, the new law does away with a controversial provision in vaccination requirements. It means parents can no longer opt out due to their personal beliefs.

Melinda landau is the district’s head nurse.

Right now, 37 out of 32,000 students in the San Jose Unified School District have a personal exemption, and they are grandfathered in.

Going forward, parents have three options.

One, they can get the vaccinations. Two, they can ask a doctor for a medical exemption, or three, they can choose to homeschool their kids.

The new law was inspired in part by the emotional debate both for and against vaccinations that followed last summer’s measles outbreak at Disneyland.

Early indications are that the vast majority of students in the South Bay’s largest district are in compliance.

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