SAN PABLO, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Three year-old Hannah Rood receives an H1N1 vaccination during a drive thru H1N1 vaccination clinic at Doctor's Medical Center November 5, 2009 in San Pablo, California. Hundreds of people lined up for hours to receive a free H1N1 vaccine as California public health officials say that shortages of the H1N1 vaccinations may make it imopssible to vaccinate all of the people at risk of contracting the H1N1 flu. County health agencies across California have received less than 45% of the vaccines ordered. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hannah Rood
More San Diego parents are making the choice not to vaccinate their children, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA.)
According to HHSA, 4.5 percent of kindergarteners are missing one or more of the recommended vaccines. That’s up from 3 percent in 2010.
Parents signed “personal belief waivers” to exempt their kids from the immunizations.
There are more than 43,000 kindergarteners in the county, meaning about 1,900 aren’t fully vaccinated, according to HHSA.
"A higher number of unvaccinated infants means more children are susceptible to disease," said Wilma Wooten, County Public Health Officer. "Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way parents can protect their children against disease."
However, many parents are still suspicious of vaccines and worried about the side effects.
So far this year, four people in San Diego County have contracted measles, a disease once thought to be eradicated in the U.S.
Last year, there were 175 measles cases in the U.S. Some blame the growing number of unvaccinated children.
April 26 through May 3 is National Infant Immunization Week.