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More and more Angelenos have decided not to get their children vaccinated for potentially deadly diseases, which has reignited an on-going debate between parents and doctors. State law allows parents to choose whether or not they want their kids immunized for diseases like the measles, polio, and whooping cough if they go against their personal beliefs. In a recent survey by the Associated Press, those who send their kids to private schools in California are more likely to opt-out of vaccines than their public school counterparts. Saint Aidan’s School in Malibu, Westside Waldorf School in Pacific Palisades, Oak Grove School in Ojai, and Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge all made the top of the list of the more than 1,600 schools surveyed.
At Highland Hall, 84 percent of students have decided to either forgo vaccines completely or pick and choose which immunization shots they want. Tischia Bluske, whose son attends the private school in Northridge, said she chose to have her child opt-out of certain vaccines because of the side effects. “If I feel like I can care for him if he gets that illness, then I can make the choice not to vaccinate,” she said.
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