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Vaccines Are Now Required For Kids In School Under This New California Law

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Back in 2010, California experienced the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. Then in 2014 it happened again, only this time with measles at Disneyland, because it is a small, contaminated world after all. Thanks to a new law, the state is hosting an outbreak of pissed anti-vaxxer parents who now have to chose between their arguably granola-y beliefs and sending their kids to school. Depending on where you live and stand on the issue of vaccinations, that granola could leave a bad taste in your mouth.

The law, Senate Bill 277, went into effect July 1, making California only the third state after Mississippi and West Virginia to mandate vaccinations in public and private schools, as well as daycare, unless there’s a documented medical excuse. Religious or “spiritual” reasons are no longer protected. California has 8 times as many children as Mississippi and West Virginia combined, so that amounts to a lot of potentially pissed parents. According to the San Diego Union-Tribunethere are at least 17 families suing the state to have the law blocked temporarily and ultimately declared unconstitutional, but that’s quite the long shot (coming from people who hate those).

As it stands, 47 states and the District of Columbia leave vaccinations largely up to parents, despite the Supreme Court setting a precedent against such exceptions in 2015. Now that there’s proof that vaccines do not cause autism, it’s hard to say if other states will follow suit, especially without an outbreak as the catalyst. Interestingly, California was the only state to receive an A grade for a national report card about how much states help new parents. And like with most “helping,” it’s not always welcome.

[H/T] Huffington Post

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