CA vaccination regulations gain more steam

CA vaccination regulations gain more steam

VaccineAfter a fractious debate, the California Senate passed a revised draft of the controversial bill that would largely eliminate the state’s religious and personal belief exemptions for child inoculation. With the bill on a likely track for passage in the Assembly, momentum has begun to gather for even more muscular pro-vaccine legislation.

Sweeping changes

As previously reported, state Sens. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, had to rewrite key passages of the bill’s language in order to head off potential constitutional challenges to its treatment of kids without the specified vaccinations.

The bulk of the original bill remained intact, however, sweeping away California’s longstanding and generous rules permitting parents to keep their children vaccine-free. “Several Republican senators tried to stall the bill by introducing a series of amendments that would have reinserted the religious exemption and required labeling of vaccine ingredients,” according to the Sacramento Bee. But Democrats moved swiftly to shut them down.

For some critics, barring unvaccinated children from public school remained a bone of contention. “It’s clear that a large portion of concerned parents will likely withhold their children from public schools because of their concerns or lack of comfort from the vaccination process,” said GOP state Sen. John Moorlach, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

But some carveouts were set to remain. “The legislation only addresses families that will soon enroll their children in school,” as Newsweek observed. “Under the proposed law, children who aren’t currently immunized are not required to get vaccinated until seventh grade. The law still allows families to opt out due to medical reasons, such as a history of allergies to vaccines and inherited or acquired immune disorders or deficiencies.”

The so-called grandfather clause represented a major concession to parents’ groups, which had succeeded in stalling Pan and Allen’s legislation once before. Now, as the San Jose Mercury News reported, “more than 13,000 children who have had no vaccinations by first grade won’t have to get their shots until they enter seventh grade. And nearly 10,000 seventh-graders who today aren’t fully vaccinated may be able to avoid future shots because the state does not always require them after that grade.”

Regulatory momentum

Despite the lenience built into the advancing legislation, the pro-vaccine logic that propelled it has already increased momentum for an even more assertive approach to enforcing inoculation.

As KQED News has noted, “two other vaccine-related bills are making their way through the Legislature a bit more quietly. One would require preschool and child care workers to have certain vaccinations; another seeks to improve vaccination rates for 2-year-olds.”

“If SB792 becomes law, California will be the first state in the country to require that all preschool and child care workers be immunized against measles, pertussis and the flu.”

Supporters of the ratcheted-up regulation sought to head off more controversy by downplaying the invasiveness and inconvenience of their approach. “We certainly aren’t out to arrest people who aren’t vaccinated,” said Kat DeBurgh, executive director of the Health Officers Association of California, a group that sponsored SB792. “We wanted to make this just like any other violation of code that an inspector would look for. If you don’t remediate, then there is a fine to the day care center.”

At the same time, pro-vaccination analysts have speculated that the Golden State will save money the more it ensures vaccination. Referring to a recent study showing that Iowa’s health care spending would double if it added a personal belief exemption, Tara Haelle suggested that California’s “health care cost savings would be far more substantial” once its exemption was eliminated, although, she conceded, “no thorough analyses are currently available.”


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  1. Robert Vaughn
    Robert Vaughn 20 May, 2015, 12:20

    If you like to read real news on what vaccines do the National Vaccine Information Center at was started by congress. But this begs the question… since companies who manufacture these vaccines are exempt for being held labile for harm done by vaccines can now the state be held responsible for any harm or death caused them now.
    Here are 8 questions you need to ask before you vaccinate
    1. Am I or my child sick right now?
    2. Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
    3. Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
    4. Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
    5. Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
    6. Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
    7. Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
    8. Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?

    The last question is the most important if we are a free nation do we not have the right to make informed choices and if the state is say we have to do this then we are no longer a free society but now have move into tyranny since we not allowed to protect ourselves as we see fit and no longer have a choice.

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    • Dork
      Dork 20 May, 2015, 14:52

      do we not have the right to make informed choices ??

      Interesting take, the answer is obviously YES you do, but if and when YOUR CHOICE infringes on the RIGHTS of others, you should be held Personally Liable. And if your CHOICE puts others at risk, you have NO RIGHT to be around them putting them in danger. Which means YOU CANNOT GO TO A PUBLIC SCHOOL and willfully ENDANGER the lives of Innocent people that made a different CHOICE than you., but you are free to educate your children yourself, but if you fail to disclose the CHOICE you Made may put innocent people at risk, you should be PROSECUTED and JAILED and SUED into Homelessness.

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      • Bill Gore
        Bill Gore 20 May, 2015, 16:32

        OK Dork, let’s review: Vaccines protect against communicable diseases right? So kids that are vaccinated are protected, agreed? So un-vaccinated kids cannot pose a threat to vaccinated kids, since those kids are protected, right? So what exactly IS the problem with un-vaccinated kids?

        And since we’re getting deep and philosophical here, most trendy californians support a woman’s ‘right to choose’ because only she has the right to make profound decisions about her body, right? But then when it comes to vaccines we do a 180, and volte face, demand that citizens submit to the injection of toxic substances into their body against their will….weird.

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        • SkippingDog
          SkippingDog 20 May, 2015, 22:25

          Look up the term “herd immunity” for the answers you seek.

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          • Bill Gore
            Bill Gore 21 May, 2015, 15:58

            “The idea is that if enough people in the community are immune to a particular disease, then those who are susceptible will rarely come into contact with a person who is contagious, and the disease will be unable (or find it difficult) to spread. This results in a greatly reduced risk of infection for the entire population regardless of their individual immunity.”
            OK-but all members of the population who are vaccinated are protected, right? Regardless of whether or not there is ‘herd immunity’. So all those who CHOOSE not to be vaccinated, e.g. to exercise control over their body, are making a (hopefully) informed choice. Like me, for example. I have not had a flu shot since 1987, and guess what: I have not had the flu since 1987. Crazy huh? And when I did get the flu back in 1987, 3 days after being ‘protected’ by a vaccination, it was so severe it put me in the hospital….I am familiar with the herd immunity argument and it does not carry water logically or scientifically. If there is no right to individual choice then why not ‘herd contraception’ or ‘herd mind control’? Oh, wait……

          • bob
            bob 21 May, 2015, 19:40

            Ah come on, now Bill. Remember your rulers love you and everything they do is “fer da childern” as they say.

            So what if that shot cripples or kills you….it must be ok cause the drug companies are immune from litigation…

            Now just roll up your sleave and just take the nice vacine below


      • Monica
        Monica 1 July, 2015, 18:12

        Robert Vaughn is right and you are an idiot for saying those things to him. It’s you who should be jailed and left homeless. Vaccines are not safe and no one has the right to force toxins into anyone’s body. There is no such thing as herd immunity! In fact you are more likely to get sick from a vaccinated child not from an unvaccinated child. You obviously haven’t done your homework. The CDC is a liar and so is Senator Pan who mind you was paid off the Big Pharma to pass this Bill. On top of that our Congress receives a tax for every shot given. It is Pan who should be arrested for taking bribe and recalled from office. There is nothing safe about vaccines. They kill, disable and cause more diseases. Why do you think there is so much Autism? Parkinson’s? Cancer? The ingredients alone should alarm anyone with common sense. It is obvious you have none. I have a grandchild who has never been vaccinated and has never been sick. The fact is unvaccinated children are 500% healthier than the vaccinated. If you ever read a MMR brochure you will see that the vaccines shed and can spread the measles. No one got the measles at Disneyland. I guess since the CDC said its true you believe them. Not the case since the CDC has lied to the Public on many occasions in regards to vaccines. Even if someone got the measles no one ever died from them .
        Examples of how wrong you are about vaccination!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Vaccinated Spreading Measles: WHO, Merck, CDC Documents Confirm
        February 5, 2015
        20 years ago, the MMR vaccine was found to infect virtually all of its recipients with measles. The manufacturer Merck’s own product warning links MMR to a potentially fatal form of brain inflammation caused by measles. Why is this evidence not being reported?

        The phenomenon of measles infection spread by MMR (live measles-mumps-rubella vaccine) has been known for decades. In fact, 20 years ago, scientists working at the CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases, funded by the WHO and the National Vaccine Program, discovered something truly disturbing about the MMR vaccine: it leads to detectable measles infection in the vast majority of those who receive it.

        Vaccinated Children Develop the Disease Vaccinated Against!

        Now I rest my case!

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  2. Ted
    Ted 20 May, 2015, 14:06

    Couldn’t one of President Obama’s Death Panels ™ kill us with one of these immunizations?

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