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Many California Child-Care Centers Have Low Measles Vaccination Rates

A Times analysis of preschool immunization showed that private child-care centers like the YWCA in Santa Monica had lower measles vaccination rates than public facilities. Mirroring the situation at kindergartens, the analysis found that preschools in affluent areas like the Westside, southern Orange County and the South Bay tended to have lower vaccination rates.

About 87% of toddlers and preschoolers had all required vaccines in privately run child-care facilities; public centers had a 90% rate. At federally funded Head Start programs, which serve low-income children, the rate was 96%.