A recent Associated Press story suggested kindergartners in private schools in California were far less likely to be up-to-date on immunizations than public school students, but that does not appear to be the case in the San Joaquin Valley.
In the central San Joaquin Valley, the overall rate for up-to-date immunizations in 2011-12 was above 90% for both public and private kindergartens, according to state Department of Public Health data. The exception: The overall rate for private kindergartens in Madera County was 79% -- all due to one of the two schools that reported data to the state. (The other school reported that all students were up-to-date on immunizations.) The state's data do not include schools with fewer than 10 kindergarten students.
Several individual kindergartens in the four-county area reported very low immunization rates, but most of those appear to be charter schools. Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center in Visalia, for example, reported just five of its 20 kindergarteners were fully immunized. The school serves home-schooled students.
The state surveys all schools -- public and private -- with at least 10 kindergartners to determine how many have all the recommended immunizations. Here you can look up immunization rates for schools in Fresno, Kings, Madera and Tulare counties with at least 10 kindergartners.