California Gov. Jerry Brown signs new vaccination law, one of nation’s toughest

Jul 7, 2015

by Phil Willon and Melanie Mason

Adopting one of the most far-reaching vaccination laws in the nation, California on Tuesday barred religious and other personal-belief exemptions for schoolchildren, a move that could affect tens of thousands of students and sets up a potential court battle with opponents of immunization.

California’s weakened public health defenses against measles and other preventable diseases led to the adoption of the measure, signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown, intended to stem the rising number of parents who opt not to inoculate their children.

Public health officials said a proliferation of waivers, many sought because of unfounded concerns about the safety of vaccines, helped fuel a measles outbreak that started at Disneyland in December and quickly spread across the West, infecting 150 people.

“I think it’s a great day for California’s children. You’re living in a state that just got a little safer,” said Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the division of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an advocate of immunization.


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14 comments on “California Gov. Jerry Brown signs new vaccination law, one of nation’s toughest

  • A religious objection is just a superstition. It can be humoured when it does no damage, but only then.

    Bit by bit, the world in coming round to that point of view.



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  • 150 get sick and nobody dies, but a law changes for 39 million people. The real world negative impact of non-vaccinated people living in developed nations where the vast majority chooses to be vaccinated is MINUSCULE compared to so many other issues that receive a fraction of attention. I wonder if a $300 billion dollar a year industry could have any influence over why this topic is so popular and why anti-vaccine hate is so disproportionate to the results of this minority’s choice.



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  • Scott
    Jul 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    150 get sick and nobody dies, but a law changes for 39 million people. The real world negative impact of non-vaccinated people living in developed nations where the vast majority chooses to be vaccinated is MINUSCULE compared to so many other issues that receive a fraction of attention.

    We only have to look as far as areas or countries which lack herd immunity from vaccination, or where vaccination programmes have been disrupted, to see the impact of deadly diseases.

    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2014/polio-20140505/en/

    At end-2013, 60% of polio cases were the result of international spread of wild poliovirus, and there was increasing evidence that adult travellers contributed to this spread. During the 2014 low transmission season there has already been international spread of wild poliovirus from 3 of the 10 States that are currently infected: in central Asia (from Pakistan to Afghanistan), in the Middle East (Syrian Arab Republic to Iraq) and in Central Africa (Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea). A coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop this international spread of wild poliovirus and to prevent new spread with the onset of the high transmission season in May/June 2014; unilateral measures may prove less effective in stopping international spread than a coordinated response. The consequences of further international spread are particularly acute today given the large number of polio-free but conflict-torn and fragile States which have severely compromised routine immunization services and are at high risk of re-infection. Such States would experience extreme difficulty in mounting an effective response were wild poliovirus to be reintroduced.

    States currently exporting wild poliovirus

    Pakistan, Cameroon, and the Syrian Arab Republic pose the greatest risk of further wild poliovirus exportations in 2014.

    I wonder if a $300 billion dollar a year industry could have any influence over why this topic is so popular and why anti-vaccine hate is so disproportionate to the results of this minority’s choice.

    Vaccination is very cheap and effective compared to treating the disabilities and illnesses. Anti-vaxers compromise everyone’s effort to protect others from, and eradicate dangerous diseases.



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    Starsector001 says:

    So if someone had died, would that change your perspective?

    Around 1989-1990, the US had the largest outbreak since the advent of the vaccine, with 18,000 cases per year, with a total of more than 55,000 infections before that outbreak resolved. In 2014, there was another spike of 644 cases, from 23 separate outbreaks in 27 states. In all the other years since the advent of the measles vaccine, there were never more than 100 cases.

    Before the vaccine, the US had nearly 4 million cases of measles every year with between 400 to 500 deaths. Before the vaccine, almost 48,000 people were hospitalized every year because of measles and complications: one in 20 developed pneumonia, and each year nearly 1,000 became chronically disabled from to measles encephalitis.

    Measles is not a simple childhood rite of passage. And today, we have antibiotic resistant forms of pnemonia that we didn’t have in the 1990’s.

    How much money do you think it cost to treat 4,000,000 people every year…..?

    It is irresponsible, even unconscionable, to advocate against childhood vaccinations.



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  • Scott
    Jul 8, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I wonder if a $300 billion dollar a year industry could have any influence over why this topic is so popular and why anti-vaccine hate is so disproportionate to the results of this minority’s choice.

    Why not do some investigation instead of wondering in a confused state?

    Cheap vaccines prevent cholerahttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33442821
    A cheap oral vaccine has prevented cases of deadly cholera in a huge trial in Bangladesh.

    The infection is spread through contaminated food or water and causes diarrhoea and severe dehydration.

    More than 260,000 people took part in the study, which showed that the vaccine cut cases by 37% and halved the number of the most serious ones.

    Experts welcomed the findings, published in the Lancet, but said it was crucial to tackle poor sanitation.

    The World Health Organization estimates there are between three and five million cases of cholera, and up to 120,000 deaths, each year.



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    godless11 says:

    It’s not just religious science deniers that are against forced vaccines. While I realize vaccines are effective for their intended purposes, vaccines are not 100% safe, nor are the even nearly 100% effective. Pharmaceutical companies won’t disclose what these vaccines are comprised of. I want to know exactly what goes into my body. I also want to have the final say on what does or does not get injected into it. Vaccines are known to contain some of the most toxic substances know to man. There are many studies that link vaccines to lower IQ among a plethora of other health problems. There are also many many cases of vaccines causing the very diseases they were intended to protect the body against. I would like it if Big Pharma didn’t have a profit motive to have vaccines pushed onto the public. The idea that Pharmaceutical industry spends hudreds of millions of dollars every year on influencing drug policies, doesn’t sit well in my stomach. I don’t think forced vaccines should be looked at as a crowning achievement of humanity just yet.



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  • godless11
    Jul 12, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Vaccines are known to contain some of the most toxic substances know to man. There are many studies that link vaccines to lower IQ among a plethora of other health problems. There are also many many cases of vaccines causing the very diseases they were intended to protect the body against.

    Do you have links to some reputable studies which give examples of this.

    My comment on agricultural pesticides explains the difference between industry claims and checked information used as a basis for public health advice.
    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2015/07/why-are-gmos-bad/#li-comment-182905

    I have seen mercury preservatives quoted, but at the levels of dosage in comparison to the background levels of pollution (eg burnt coal emissions) in which those anti-vaxxers quoting them are living, are ridiculously tiny!

    The evidence from reputable independent studies, indicates that the benefits outweigh the negative effects by many thousands of times.



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  • OP:

    Protesters rally earlier this month in Sacramento against a California measure eliminating personal belief exemptions for vaccinations.

    Why don’t these protesters educate themselves with a bit of science, instead of screaming for the right to infect society in general ? Do they want the ‘freedom’ to ignore red traffic lights, or to be searched / scanned at the airport ?

    Life is precious, let’s keep it that way please. Modern medicine helps.



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  • godless11
    Jul 12, 2015 at 5:42 am

    It’s not just religious science deniers that are against forced vaccines.

    True there are a lot of quacks and science illiterates too!

    While I realize vaccines are effective for their intended purposes, vaccines are not 100% safe, nor are the even nearly 100% effective.

    Lifeboats, are not a hundred percent safe or effective, but they are a much better option than drowning!

    Pharmaceutical companies won’t disclose what these vaccines are comprised of. I want to know exactly what goes into my body.

    Do you really know all the tiny trace substances which go into your body in food, water, air, and medications? It seems doubtful to me.



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