One of the toughest vaccination bills in the nation was signed into law this Tuesday, ending exemptions based on personal or religious beliefs from state immunization laws.
The legislation passed through the Senate on Monday and the Assembly on Thursday and requires children who enter school and day care programs to be vaccinated against diseases such as measles and whooping cough. Now, the only exemptions allowed would be those with medical conditions such as allergies and immune-system deficiencies as confirmed by a physician.
“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown said in a statement released Tuesday. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”
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