Gov. Brown ends school vaccine personal, religious exemptions

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed one of the nation’s toughest mandatory childhood vaccination bills, moving to end exemptions from state immunization laws based on religious or other personal beliefs.

The legislation, which passed the Senate on Monday and the Assembly on Thursday, would require more children who enter school, or day care, to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough.

Gov. Jerry Brown's vaccine bill letter

The bill, one of the most controversial measures before the Legislature this year, was introduced because of concern about low vaccination rates in some communities and an outbreak of measles at Disneyland that ultimately infected more than 150 people.

Those with medical conditions such as allergies and immune-system deficiencies, confirmed by a physician, would be excused from immunization. And parents could still decline to vaccinate children who attend private home-based schools or public independent studies off campus.

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  • Comments_Magee

    For the record, I am not against vaccines, gay marriage or the hot and trendy transgender media blast. However, I am disappointed that Cait Jenner can freely change his/her sex, but I am forced to stick a needle in my kid’s arm in order to educate them. Interesting that my property taxes are tied to education along with needles in my kid’s arms now. And for the parents out there that don’t want an unvaccinated child next to theirs because they think their child will get sick. Your kid is vaccinated.

    • green

      Its called herd immunity. Also, there are those who are allergic or immunocompromised who shouldn’t be put further at risk because someone decides not to vaccinate their child based on “philosophical grounds.”

  • James West

    Quote from

    “Right from the horses mouth, Bill Gates states that “vaccines reduce population growth.” Few can now deny what anti-vaccine advocates have been saying for years, specifically that vaccines directly and negatively impact fertility. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will only be too willing to oblige future generations. ”

    All you pro vacciner’s wave your children’s fertility goodbye.

    • Jackie

      You’re completely misinterpreting what he said. Mr. Gates thinks that vaccines and better healthcare have the net effect of reducing population growth because people have fewer children when they expect them to survive.

    • JuniorSD

      Here is to back up Jame’s comment: Bill Gates himself said, “The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s heading up to about nine billion. Now if we do a really great job on NEW VACCINES, health care, reproductive health services, we could LOWER that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent (about 1 billion people)”. Doesn’t sound like saving lives to me.

      Watch Bill Gate’s video here:

  • ali

    Im a parent. I don’t WANT to vaccinate my kids, but it is necessary to protect this society we live in…we all live in.
    The mentality that because my kid is vaccinated so your kid doesn’t need to be is wrong.

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