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Bill tightening vaccine rules advances as measles fears build

Despite furious opposition from parents who believe vaccinations are dangerous, a measure by state Sen. Richard Pan to tighten up vaccine exemptions passed an initial committee test last week on a 6-2 vote. Senate Bill 276 would make California only

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Another mandatory vaccination bill advancing

When it comes to toughening state vaccination laws, the Legislature’s not done yet. A measure that would require child-care workers to be vaccinated for three common childhood diseases has passed a key vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. KQED News

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Mandatory vaccination bill clears Legislature

The mandatory vaccine bill, SB277, passed the state Assembly on a 46-30 vote during a Thursday hearing. Proponents of the bill say the passage is a victory for science and public health, while opponents decry the bill’s infringement upon parental

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Bill to mandate vaccinations for day care workers clears State Senate

A measure to require vaccinations for day care center workers has been approved by the California State Senate on a bipartisan 34 to 3 vote. Senate Bill 792 is authored by Senator Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, and according to the text

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CA vaccine bill placed in intensive care

Faced with an unexpected new source of opposition, California lawmakers trying to tighten up vaccine exemptions have been thrown back on the defensive. “In requiring vaccinations as a prerequisite for enrolling children in school, detractors said, the bill would legalize institutional

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Temperatures rise in CA vax battle

The measles outbreak has injected the California Legislature with a new urgency in dealing with vaccine issues. First up is a new bill, as yet without a number, by state Sens. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, the latter

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Wired: Anti-vaccine parents common in Silicon Valley

The coverage of the measles outbreak in the U.S. often makes the point that opponents of compulsory vaccination for schoolchildren are split politically between affluent leftists with New Age-y views about modern medicine and conservatives who don’t like government telling

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CA stricken with vaccine controversy

As a rash of measles outbreaks raises health alarms, Californians are caught in a national crossfire of controversy over a new trend against vaccinating children. Thanks to relatively lenient laws, the Golden State has been caught flat-footed as over 100 residents have contracted the

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