The Huffington Post
April 27, 2011
In the midst of one of the worst whooping cough epidemics our country has seen in half a century, the majority of California’s schoolchildren may not be vaccinated against the disease — and that may bar them from attending school.
AP recently reported that there were over 21,000 cases of whooping cough in the U.S. last year, and experts are unsure as to the cause. NBC News reported that at least 7,800 of those cases happened in California — the highest since 1947.
In response, California’s AB 354 was passed in September of last year, making proof of whooping cough vaccinations mandatory for both public and private school students starting in the 2011-12 school year. However, health representatives told Mercury News that the law makes most students ineligible for attendance.