Now Assemblymember Richard Pan (D 5th District), a pediatrician, is planning to change that. He has introduced AB 2109. (As of March 24, the bill is still in the Assembly Health Committee.) The change in the law is pretty mild: parents wishing an exemption have to talk to a licensed health care provider and have a form signed (just as they do if they are vaccine-compliant).
But I've heard read wild talk of what is required, so I thought I'd post a handy guide:
Immunizations Required for Daycare Attendance :
Immunizations Required for k-12 Attendance
Read why the US vaccinates against Hepatitis B in childhood. I live in a part of the United States where Asians and Pacific Islanders (API) make up a significant portion of the population. The Stanford Asian Liver Center writes:
Why should Asian and Pacific Islanders care about Hepatitis B?
Despite the fact that only 0.2-0.5% of the U.S. population has chronic hepatitis B infection, this is still 1.25 million people, over half of whom are Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans. Depending on their country of origin, 5-15% of API immigrants have chronic hepatitis B. In some Pacific Rim countries, as many as 10-20% of the population are chronically infected.