Joe Lawlor
May 29, 2019

Medical exemptions jumped after California passed a law similar to Maine's in 2015, but Maine officials hope to avoid that problem.

California saw a surge in medical exemptions to school-required vaccinations after it passed a law in 2015 that is similar to the bill Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed last week banning all non-medical exemptions.
Parents who wanted to avoid school-required vaccines for their children exploited a loophole in the California law by finding doctors who were willing to grant medical exemptions under false pretenses, according to state health officials and news reports. Medical exemptions tripled after the law went into effect.

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