California eliminates religious and personal childhood vaccine exemptions

Parents who oppose this new law fear vaccines would harm their children.

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(WWLP) – California lawmakers voted today to eliminate religious and personal reasons for not getting a child vaccinated. California is now the third state to eliminate religious and personal vaccine exemptions.

Parents who oppose this new law fear vaccines would harm their children. Parents who do not vaccinate their children risk not having their children go to public school.

The initiative was prompted by last winter’s measles outbreak in Disneyland, affecting 147 people.

Ira Helfand said, “It’s an important warning of what can happen. We have hundreds of thousands and millions of children in this country who are not properly vaccinated. And they are at risk if all kinds of illnesses which can be very, very bad.”

Dr. Helfand told 22News recent scientific evidence has debunked claims that there is a link between vaccinations and autism. Helfand suggests parents to speak with their child’s pediatrician to learn more about vaccinations.

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