County reminds parents to vaccinate children as school starts soon | News – California News

County reminds parents to vaccinate children as school starts soon | News – California News

Windsor one of the most well-vaccinated areas in county

With school starting in a few short weeks, the county health department is reminding parents to ensure their children are up-to-date on their vaccines.

“Before school starts, parents should make sure their kids have received all necessary vaccines,” said Dr. Karen Holbrook, public health officer with the county department of health. “Talk to your healthcare provider to ensure their vaccines are up to date and get proper documentation.”

Since January 2016 the state has mandated that all children entering school or daycare facilities to be vaccinated. The new law eliminated the oft-used personal and religious exemptions. Under the current law, the only exemption allowed is a medical exemption.

Holbrook said the county does not review or have access to medical exemptions.

“When a physician sends one in, they indicate if it’s a temporary or permanent exemption,” Holbrook said. “They’re not required to list the conditions.”

A quick Google search indicates that medical exemptions can be a lucrative business for qualifying physicians. The law is written so that medical exemptions can cover a large swatch of conditions, from asthma to eczema.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, certain vaccines should be avoided for children with severely compromised immune systems who suffer from such diseases like epilepsy, intussusception (a rare intestinal disorder), HIV or AIDS or if they are undergoing chemotherapy.

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