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In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 school director Debra Lambrecht stands by the entrance to the private Greenwood School in Mill Valley, Calif. California lawmakers are considering a first-in-the-nation bill that would require parents to discuss vaccinations with pediatricians or nurse practitioners before they would be allowed to exempt their children, a move that has angered parents at private schools with high opt-out rates. 80 percent of the students at the school have filed personal belief exemptions to get out of vaccinating their children.

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Private school vaccine opt-outs rise

Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students.


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