Calif. lawmakers to vote on mandatory vaccination bill

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SAN DIEGO -- A controversial mandatory vaccination bill being debated in Sacramento is pitting personal rights against public health.

“This is our bodies,” said Kelli Williamson. "It's scary that someone else can decide for my one-year-old what goes into her body other than myself or my family.”

Williamson is a new mom. She strongly opposes AB277, which would remove a parent's right not to vaccinate their school-age children due to a “personal belief exemption” or for religious reasons.

The new law comes on the heels of the measles outbreak that began at Disneyland last December. The CDC declared it over last week.

“I am not against vaccines,” Williamson said. “I feel the focus has been taken off of the responsibility of the vaccines to be better.”

So far she has chosen not to vaccinate her one-year-old daughter for fear of what she believes are too great of risks and possible side effects. Under the new law, her child and others like her would not be allowed to attend school - private or public.

“I really hope it doesn’t come to that but if it does I will move out of state.”

Instead, Williamson believes we should be looking at new, safer ways of administering vaccines with more transparency.

“The big one, MMR vaccines, measles, mumps and rubella – that needs to be separated." said Williamson. “Why do we need to put three together make it the most toxic vaccine for convenience?”

The Senate Education Committee will vote on the issue Wednesday.

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