Categories: Health, Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter June 12, 2019 Sasha Foo, Posted: June 12, 2019 Sasha Foo San Diego County’s kindergarten vaccination rates fall below state average 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – New data from the California Department of Public Health shows that the rate of vaccinations for San Diego County kindergartners is declining and falling behind other kindergarten students statewide.According to information from the state, San Diego kindergarteners had a 92.5 percent vaccination rate in the 2018-2019 school year, which is below the 94.8 percent average for kindergarten students across the state.San Diego County is below the 95 percent vaccination threshold which public health experts say is necessary to prevent an outbreak of measles or another highly contagious virus. The county’s deputy public heath officer, Dr. Dean Sidelinger said it’s important to boost immunizations rates.“If vaccination rates go down, it is easier for someone who has measles to spread that disease in our community so we went to keep vaccination rates high. School entry laws that require vaccines on entry to school are the one of the most effective tools we have to ensure that our children and the broader population are immunized,” Sidelinger said.There are some exemptions for immunizations, which are required for students attending public and private schools in California. Prior to the 2016-2017 school year, parents could obtain an exemption from immunizations for personal beliefs. With a change in state law, most exemptions are now only issued for medical reasons.According to the Department of Public Health, the number of permanent medical exemptions written in San Diego County has increased. State health officials reported 599 medical exemptions in 2018-2019, which was five times more than the 108 that were written by doctors in 2015-2016, the year before the ban on personal belief exemptions took effect.As San Diego gets ready for a busy summer travel season, the public health department is also sending out letters to members of the Filipino community to suggest vaccinations for anyone who is traveling to the Philippines, which has one of the world’s largest active measles outbreaks.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 5, 2014 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read In November of last year, Branson announced on his blog that Virgin Galactic, one of 400 Virgin Group companies, would begin accepting bitcoin payments for suborbital flights. A Virgin Galactic flight attendant was the first to purchase a ticket using BTC.Related: 50 Insane Facts About Bitcoin (Infographic)“Virgin Galactic is one of the universe’s most exciting, futuristic companies,” Branson wrote. “Bitcoin, the virtual currency, has really captured the imagination recently as one of the world’s most innovative businesses looking to the future. So we think it is about time Virgin Galactic customers can choose to pay with bitcoins.”Late last month the twins launched the Winkdex, a blended Bitcoin price index similar to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index. And, according to the Winkdex, as of 5:22 p.m. ET today, the price of the volatile virtual currency was $658.82. The Winklevoss twins are going to space and it’s no surprise that they paid for their $250,000 Virgin Galactic ticket entirely with Bitcoin, something they’re rumored to have a massive stash of.The adventurous venture capitalist brothers, perhaps best known for their legal wrangle with Mark Zuckerberg over HarvardConnection — um, we mean Facebook — announced today they’re officially scheduled to hitch a suborbital ride aboard British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. The early Bitcoin backers, who reportedly own about 40,000 bitcoins (a cool $27 million or so in U.S. dollars), could blast off by the end of the year. At least that’s around when Branson says his pioneering private spaceflight company is expected to make its maiden tourist voyage into space.Related: Winklevoss Twins Launch Winkdex Bitcoin IndexWhile rocketing 60 miles above Earth at three times the speed of sound, the lucky brothers Winklevii will glimpse a killer view of our planet while experiencing weightlessness for a few minutes.Yeah, we’re pretty jealous, too. Maybe they’ll even float for a hot second or a few alongside fellow famous Virgin Galactic ticket holders, like Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. The New York native former Olympic rower twins broke the big news, which is a welcome relief on an otherwise brutal news day for Bitcoin, on their own Winklevoss Capital blog today, complete with a celebratory “thumbs-up” pic of themselves bookending Branson.“Cameron and I have decided to use our bitcoin to take the plunge, or rather propulsion, into space,” the blog post reads. “Why? Because Bitcoin and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic are two technologies that meaningfully represent our focus at Winklevoss Capital — the reduction of pain-points and friction in an effort to build a better world.”Related: Preparing For Its First Space Trip, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Breaks Sound BarrierTyler Winklevoss later took to Twitter to humblebrag that he and his brother are officially Virgin Galactic “astronauts” 700 and 701.Happy to announce that @winklevoss and I have used #bitcoin to become @virgingalactic astronauts number 700 and 701 http://t.co/JSruUeb0Kh— Tyler Winklevoss (@tylerwinklevoss) March 5, 2014Branson returned the Twitter love by virtually welcoming the boys aboard the good ship SpaceShipTwo with this cheeky tweet: How will going to #space affect identical twins? We’ll soon find out! Welcome aboard the Winklevoss twins http://t.co/7PqgrSX8iS— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) March 5, 2014