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Back-to-school vaccination rules the same – for now

Courtesy of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Beginning in January, only doctors will be able to authorize a child’s exemption from immunization.

Los Altos School District nurses Sarah Bolter and Monica Sidher have had a hectic back-to-school week, nailing down health-care plans, meeting with teachers regarding specific student health-care concerns in their classrooms and discussing with parents everything from seizures to asthma and food allergies.

All new students in the district – particularly the incoming batch of kindergartners – must bring vaccination documents as part of their health-care record. For a final time, personal-belief exemptions can take the place of immunization records. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277 requiring vaccination for all children in child care and public and private schools in June, but it doesn’t take effect until January. That means a last generation of new kindergartners are entering under the old rules.

Gut instincts: How food affects the stomach

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Marina Rose, D.C., performs various tests on patients to determine the cause of stomach problems.

This is the second in a two-part series on stomach pains and problems. To read Part 1, visit losaltosonline.com.

Get your brownie fix with a healthful recipe

Andy Kavanagh/Special to the Town Crier
Andy Kavanagh’s back-to-basics brownie recipe includes natural ingredients – light in sugar and high in protein.

By Andy Kavanagh

Should you take vitamins?

Many Americans regularly take vitamin supplements, but do they provide true health benefits?

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