Check your childs school-vaccination rate

This week, J. reported on how Bay Area Jewish day schools are trying to increase their vaccination rates in the wake of the measles outbreak.

Shortly after we went to press, more measles news broke: A LinkedIn employee who had measles traveled on BART during commuting hours on Feb. 4, 5 and 6 potentially exposing thousands of BART riders to the illness. The passenger, a Contra Costa County resident, travelled between Lafayette and Montgomery BART between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

With the disease now in six Bay Area counties, many parents are trying to assess their families’ measles risk — which depends on many factors, including the age and health of children.

One type of information that is readily available is vaccination records for all public, private and religious schools and child care centers in the state. The records are updated annually.

For a more humorous take on the vaccination crisis, check out the Onion’s timeline of the measles outbreak.