This past May, California passed State Bill 277 – also known as the vaccination bill. This bill has has triggered a lot of debate, especially for those who are in favor of vaccination choice. Here is what the California State Bill 277 means for you and your children for this upcoming school year.
California State Bill 277 – The Vaccination Law
In January 2015, a woman with a child who had measles attended Disneyland in Southern California and what resulted from that was a measles outbreak that lasted months. The outbreak ended up infecting 141 people, 137 of those in California alone. The measles outbreak itself triggered a national debate about the current freedom to decline vaccinations. This was due in part because the majority of those infected with this measles outbreak, were of children whose parents decided to decline vaccinations for their children out of personal or religious beliefs that vaccinations don’t work, or that they believe the bogus rumor that the vaccine against measles, is linked to autism (thank you Jenny McCarthy – seriously, just stand there and stop talking).
Anyway, measles is an easily transmittable disease for those who come across it; hence the high rate of infection. Since the outbreak the California State Senate has been busy debating and approving State Senate Bill 277 also known as the Vaccination Bill.
Before the passing of this law, parents of children could decline to have their kids vaccinated for any personal or religious beliefs. For those children who weren’t vaccinated, the parents were still able to send their children to public or private elementary or secondary school, a child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or a development center.
The new State Bill 277 got rid of the ability for parents to decline childhood vaccines. Under State Bill 277, parents can no longer use their personal or religious beliefs as reasoning to decline a vaccination for their children. However, State Senate Bill 277 would allow exemption from future immunization requirements “deemed appropriate by the State Department of Public Health for either medical reasons or personal beliefs.”
California State Bill 277 Effects The Following Diseases:
-Haemophilus influenzae type b
-Pertusis (Whooping Cough)
The Interesting Part Of The Law:
Vaccinations can also include, “any other disease deemed appropriate by the department, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.”
So now under the California State Senate Bill 277, if your child isn’t vaccinated against any of the above disease, your child will not be able to attend school, day care, nursery care or any of the other types of facilities that were mentioned.
So, if you in California, want to hold vaccinations on your children, you might have to consider homeschooling. What I think is the scary part of State Bill 277 is the part that gives the states that you might have to give your child:
“any other disease deemed appropriate by the department, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.”
To be clear, I don’t believe that measles vaccinations are linked to autism. On the other hand, in my opinion, the language of this bill is scary.
What do you guys think? Herd immunization can protect those who can’t get vaccinated for whatever medical reason. But should the ability to reach herd vaccination infringe on our right to choose whether or not we get vaccinated, let alone whether or not our children get vaccinated?
1. Assembly Member Baker, Chiu, Cooper, Garcia, Gonzalez, Low, McCarty, Nazarian, Rendon, Stone, and Wood. Senators Beall, Block, De Leon, Hall, Hertzberg, Hill, Jackson, Leno, McGuire, Mitchell, Stone, Wieckowski, and Wolk. “California State Bill 277.” 7 May 2015. Web. 1 June 2015.
2. Chang, A. “Measles Outbreak Linked To Disneyland Is Officially Over.” Alternative Press. 17 April 2015. Web. 1 June 2015.