Definition: Percentage of children in kindergarten who have immunization exemptions, by type of exemption (e.g., in 2016, 2.4% of California kindergartners had Personal Belief Exemptions).
Data Source: California Dept. of Public Health, Immunization Branch, Kindergarten Assessment Results (Feb. 2016).
Footnote: Years presented are the final year of a school year (e.g., 2015-16 is shown as 2016). Data are aggregated from school-level data, which are reported for schools with 10 or more students enrolled in kindergarten. A Conditional Entrant is a student who does not meet all requirements because s/he is not yet due for at least one dose and does not have a personal belief or permanent medical exemption; or has a physician affidavit of Temporary Medical Exemption for one or more doses; or is a transfer student who has no record available yet. A Permanent Medical Exemption is based on a licensed physician's statement noting that the student's physical condition or medical circumstances are such that immunization is permanently not indicated. A Personal Belief Exemption may be granted if a parent signs an affidavit requesting an exemption because all or some immunizations are contrary to the parent's beliefs. Starting in the 2015-16 school year a new category "Immunization Overdue" was added to classify students who are overdue for one or more immunizations and thus subject to exclusion from school until all requirements are met. LNE (Low Number Event) refers to percentages that have been suppressed because fewer than 20 children had immunization exemptions. N/A means that data are not available.