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Vacs To School: Public vs. Private Immunization Rates

Having had a child who attended both public and private school in California, I think one big reason for the higher opt-out rate in private schools is that it is simply easier to opt out in that system. And as a pediatrician, I am shocked at the number of parents who approach giving vaccines as an active decision but waiting on vaccines - which often means giving only a few or not giving them at all - as a passive one. If you chose not to vaccinate your child, you are making a choice, not delaying one.