Back in December, a measles outbreak occurred in Southern California after 40 people contracted the disease after visiting or working in Disneyland. The outbreak ultimately spread to six other states.
Like many states, California allowed for exemptions for vaccines – for religious, medical, and “philosophical” reasons. Mississippi and West Virginia are currently the only two states that require mandatory vaccinations for school age children except for medical reasons. But that could be poised to change.
California state senators Richard Pan and Benjamin Allen introduced legislation to change the state’s vaccination laws – requiring school age children to be vaccinated unless they had a medical condition the prohibited vaccination. That measure just passed the state Senate today and passed the Assembly last week. If signed by Governor Jerry Brown, California would become the 3rd state in the nation not to allow religious or philosophical objections to vaccines.