State Senate passes controversial vaccination bill

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SACRAMENTO – The state Senate on Thursday approved a controversial bill that would require many more children to be vaccinated in California by eliminating the ability of parents to opt out of the mandate based on their personal beliefs.

The bill would only excuse children from vaccinations based on medical problems, including a weakened immune system, verified by a physician.

“SB 277 is about increasing immunization rates so no one will have to suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Sen. Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica) who coauthored the bill with Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento).

Some Republicans unsuccessfully proposed hostile amendments that would have maintained a religious exemption and called for more disclosure of the contents of vaccine.

Senate Republican leader Bob Huff of San Dimas was one of those who opposed the bill, saying the measles outbreak centered at Disneyland in Anaheim eventually ended.

“I don’t believe the crisis we have seen rises to the level to give up the personal freedoms we enjoy in a free country,” Huff told his colleagues.

If the bill is next approved by the Assembly and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, California would join 32 other states that don’t allow parents to opt out of vaccination requirements for their children by citing a personal belief against immunization.

Read the full story at Los Angeles Times.

10 comments

  • John J. Jones

    The parent’s personal beliefs don’t outweigh the risks to the community-at-large.

  • cali native

    Totally agree with John Jones. A person’s beliefs don’t outweigh the risks to the many.

    And funny… Huff (R) is worried about our personal freedoms. Hmmm..what about that Patriot Act?

  • Paul P. Peters

    Proponents want to say there is science supporting this bill and use Herd Immunity theory to back mandating (force) vaccinations. Herd immunity is based on the science of natual immunity building NOT by vaccines. We’ve all been taught that vaccines do what our immune system has be designed to do – They do not. They are not as benign as some think. Research it for yourselves.

    • SL

      Not so. An unvaccinated person is actually less likely to contract a disease in a vaccinated population than a vaccinated person is in an unvaccinated population (thanks to herd immunity – there is a very large, well-known study on this). Herds of cattle where the majority are vaccinated offer protection to those cattle that are not. Unsure what your background is, or where you have done your research, but your statement(s) are incorrect.

  • Not a Sheeple!!

    Can’t wait until they want to start forcing vaccines on EVERYONE for whatever they want and see how these above people feel then. Government forced anything is not good, good bye personal freedoms… If vaccines actually worked then what is the big worry and why oh why are vaccine manufacturers free of any liability of the products harm that the government takes care of. All drugs are moving to vaccines because of this…

  • Recent problems with vaccine quality control

    There has been recent problems in vaccine quality control specifically with the flu vaccine not stored properly. The government simply cannot guarantee the quality of these injections they will be squirting in our children. Children can receive inferior or even contaminated injections that are dangerous. No one can be held accountable for this. This is why parents should have the last say if their children receive injections of any type. You simply cannot trust the system.

  • Ron

    You can thank Obama and Brown for the flood of illegal kids in our schools with all sorts of diseases….brilliant!

  • Jeff Wyman

    Are they going to start a new bureau to enforce this? How much will that cost? It was measles for Gods sake. It could have been started by a foriegn tourist. Over reacting to a non crisis is the lefts pattern.

  • Lynne Smith

    I still don’t understand why people think this is something that is being forced upon them, that it is all or nothing. What they are saying is if you want to attend a public school…… you must be immunized. There are many other services for children to continue their education without attending a Public School, homeschooling is one option, alternative programs.. another, private school another, tutoring another, and I’m sure now with this being passed, they will probably put together more programs. And with all the public school bashing that goes on, I would think you all would be happy to keep your kids out. I have been an employee of the public school system for the last 25 years, this is a good thing, and I applaud them for not being swayed by all the B.S.

  • JustAnotherMom

    Despite the insidious attempts of the corporate-controlled U.S. media to censor the stories about the deadly side effects of vaccines, the truth keeps surfacing. The latest vaccine tragedy to strike has killed two babies in La Pimienta, Mexico and sent 37 more to the hospital with serious reactions to toxic vaccine additives.

    “…14 children are in serious condition, 22 are stable and one is in critical condition,” the Chiapas Health Secretariat said in a statement via Latino.FoxNews.com.

    What’s especially alarming is that only 52 children were vaccinated in all, meaning that 75% of those receiving the vaccines are now either dead or hospitalized…

    NOTE: They got their vaccines from USA

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