In 2013, 92 percent of Miami-Dade County kindergartners enrolled in school fully immunized. Florida wants to immunize 95 percent of kindergartners. About half of all counties, including Miami-Dade, don't meet that goal.
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In Florida, children can forgo immunization if their parents claim one of four exemptions. A temporary medical exemption — status given to children who started but not yet completed their shots — is the most common.
Miami-Dade experienced a fluctuation in temporary medical exemptions between 2007 and 2011. County health officials attributed the shift to medical professionals submitting forms incorrectly. However, the Florida Department of Health said the school district’s registrar inputted incorrect student information, which caused the change.
Locally, religious and permanent medical exemptions have increased almost annually since 2002. Meanwhile, 30-day exemptions — issued to students who transfer schools — remained low.