California vaccine requirement bill gets first public debate

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A bill that would require California schoolchildren to get vaccinated received its first public hearing Wednesday, according to a U-T San Diego report.

The bill is SB277, under which parents would no longer be able to use personal beliefs or religious reasons to send unvaccinated children to private and public schools. Vaccination exemptions under the bill would be limited to if a child's health is in danger.

Similar efforts to limit vaccine exemptions have already failed to advance in Washington and Oregon. Should this bill pass, California will be the third state to implement such strict vaccine rules, following Mississippi and West Virginia.

Efforts to tighten vaccine rules were proposed in numerous states following the measles outbreak that began in December at Disneyland and sickened roughly 170 people across 17 states and Washington, D.C.



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