An outbreak of measles centered around Disneyland and subsequent comments by presidential candidates have put the issue of requiring vaccines for children back in the public spotlight.

In California, parents do not have to vaccinate their children before kindergarten if they claim a religious or philosophical exemption. The state has had close to 100 cases of measles this year. Other states, with more strict vaccination rules but also fewer residents, have seen far fewer cases.

What do you think about current vaccination requirements? If you have more to add, please comment below the survey. If you are interested in speaking to a reporter about the topic, please contact Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or

Where homes were lost in Valley fire

Middletown (includes Anderson Springs): 562

Cobb: 445

Hidden Valley Lake: 144

Loch Lomond: 71

Whispering Pines: 36

Lower Lake: 22

Pope Valley: 1

Total: 1,281

SOURCE: Cal Fire Valley fire damage assessment report

More Info: PDF: Valley Incident Damage Inspection Report