No More Vaccination Waivers – California Lawmakers – 6 February 2015

RT logoNew legislation proposed in the California Senate would outlaw waivers that allow parents to exempt their children from receiving basic vaccinations for religious or personal reasons. The bill is a response to the latest measles outbreak in the state.

The bill, announced Wednesday, would require all children to receive vaccinations prior to attending public school in the state. The proposal allows for exemptions only in cases where a preexisting medical condition would prevent a vaccination. Schools, meanwhile, would have to make their vaccination rates public.

So far this year, at least 102 people across 14 different US states have contracted measles and are considered extremely contagious, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of the cases this year are linked to several dozen non-vaccinated people exposed to measlesat Disneylandin Anaheim, California.

(Chart: The New England Journal of Medicine)

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