Zoe Lofgren

Parents are getting the message on vaccinations, but what about school start times?

Parents are getting the message on vaccinations, but what about school start times?

My column this week is devoted to two important health issues affecting our children. I've written about both of these subjects before, more than once. But I return to them because there is new information and because, despite progress, they remain stubbornly problematic.

On the first topic, vaccination rates, there is definitely good news. Recently released data show that California's vaccination rate of kindergartners, at nearly 96%, represents a three-point increase from the 2015-16 school year. The rate is now at its highest level since the current set of immunization requirements took effect in 2001.

The rate has improved since a state law was passed after the measles...

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