California is becoming one of the strictest States in America when it comes to mandatory vaccinations.
Lawmakers have now voted to end immunisation exemptions based on religious or personal beliefs, following the measles outbreak in Disneyland last year.
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Yahoo News reports:
The bill will now go to Gov. Jerry Brown ‘s office and, if he signs the measure, would require that more children within the state who go into day care and school be vaccinated against diseases such as measles, the Thursday report said.
“The governor believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit, and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered,” said Evan Westrup, Brown’s spokesman.
Many, including Dr. Luther Cobb, president of the California Medical Association, hailed the vote. “We’ve seen with this recent epidemic that rates of immunization are low enough that epidemics can be spread now,” he told the newspaper. “The reasons for failing to immunize people … are based on unscientific and untrue objections, and it’s just a good public health measure.”
Nevertheless, some said the bill violates parental rights and should not be made into law. “The broadness of this bill likely dooms it from a constitutional standpoint,” Assemblyman Mike Gatto, who voted against the measure, said.
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