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Study: Medical exemptions up for California vaccinations

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A study finds more parents sought medical exemptions for immunizations for incoming kindergartners in the year since California eliminated the personal-belief exemption - but overall fewer people are opting out.
    
The Los Angeles Times says the results hint that some parents who don't want to vaccinate their children may have found doctors willing to give medical exemptions to students. It's a potential trend that may undercut the collective protection against contagious diseases that the state law sought to bolster.
    
The study was published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
    
From 2015 to 2016, the medical exemption rate jumped from 0.17 to 0.51 percent - a threefold increase.
    
But researchers found the total exemption rate dropped from about 2.5 percent to just over one percent.

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