California law allows for personal belief exemptions from immunizations. And recent data show people are taking that liberty in Nevada County. The region had the highest rate of exemptions for kindergartners last year - more than 17 percent.
FOXFOOT: "I choose not to immunize my children at all"
Cindy Foxfoot is a midwife in Nevada City. She has two teenage daughters. She says one of the reasons she's opposed to vaccines is because of the ingredients.
FOXFOOT:"I didn't think it was a natural to inject their bodies with several diseases at once, and expect them to build up antibodies and immunity to them in a healthy way. I was also concerned from side effects from the immunizations."
Foxfoot believes her teenagers already had whooping cough when they were toddlers, and therefore have a natural immunity. But Nevada County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Milman worries about the low general immunization rates in the county. She says 90 percent of people need to be vaccinated to achieve what she calls community immunity.
MILAMAN: "We are not at high enough levels in this county to
have that sort of protection so we do have outbreaks of vaccine
preventable diseases every year."