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The measles outbreak in California has reached 99, as of Wednesday, and the outbreak has prompted two state Senators to draft legislation to close the vaccine exemption loophole.

Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States

Public domain image/National Atlas of the United States

Pediatrician and Sacramento Senator, Dr Richard Pan and Senator Ben Allen announced Wednesday they will introduce legislation that will repeal the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to effectively opt their child out of vaccines in our schools.

“As a pediatrician, I’ve been worried about the anti-vaccination trend for a long time,” said Dr. Richard Pan, a State Senator representing Sacramento. “I’ve personally witnessed the suffering caused by these preventable diseases and I am very grateful to the many parents that are now speaking up and letting us know that our current laws don’t protect their kids.”

“The high number of unvaccinated students is jeopardizing public health not only in schools but in the broader community.  We need to take steps to keep our schools safe and our students healthy,” said Senator Ben Allen.

Related: How contagious is measles? Answer: Very

In addition to the state senators, California’s two US Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter asking California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley and other appropriate state officials to reconsider California’s policy on vaccine exemptions.

Photo credit: CDC/ Amanda Mills

Photo credit: CDC/ Amanda Mills

“While a small number of children cannot be vaccinated due to an underlying medical condition, we believe there should be no such thing as a philosophical or personal belief exemption, since everyone uses public spaces,” Senators Boxer and Feinstein wrote.  “As we have learned in the past month, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children not only put their own family at risk, but they also endanger other families who choose to vaccinate.”

In addition to measles, California reported more than 10,000 pertussis cases in 2014, the most cases in decades. Pertussis, or whooping cough is another vaccine preventable disease.

Under California’s personal belief exemption, a parent may choose to opt their child out of school vaccine requirements that bi-partisan legislative majorities passed to protect students. in many communities across the state, over 10 percent of parents are using California’s personal belief exemption.

Related: Vaccines: An interview with Dr. Paul Offit

2 Comments

  1. BSF says:

    Where was Ben Allen and the rest of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board members when they were confronted with protecting the students and teachers from the ongoing PCB exposure in their Malibu schools?

    Now a citizen’s lawsuit is being prepared against the SMMUSD for violations of the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA. The person or persons responsible for the alleged violations are Sandra Lyon and Jan Maez, officials of the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District; Ben Allen, Oscar de la Torre, Joe Escarce, Maria Leon-Vazquez, Laurie Liebermann, Ralph Mechur, Nimish Patel, Craig Foster, and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, current and former members of the SMMUSD Board of Education.

    For details about this lawsuit along with two other pending lawsuits against the SMMUSD, please visit:

    https://lawofficesofbarryfagan.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/malibu-parents-and-teachers-serve-notice-of-intent-to-sue-the-santa-monica-malibu-unified-school-district-epa-for-toxic-substance-control-act-violations/

  2. C Judd says:

    I have 6 children and the first 4 reacted to the first injections they had as babies .( 1 – could not breathe 4 hours after the jab , 2 – Bad skin reaction 10 hours after the jab and still suffers 19 years on . 3 – 1000’s of spots all over her body 5 hours after the jab with them still being evident 13 years latter , Our doctors would not do tests to find out why they had reacted , with following 4th coming out in huge red raised blotches all over his body .
    And the doctor telling us ” I have no means of testing , in my country we would have taken no notice of the reaction ” .We decided to not allow any injections on our 5th child , which following him contracting Neuphrotic syndrome at age 2 1/2 and the doctors then doing blood tests which showed that the live vaccines would have killed him had we allowed any , our 6th child has also had none at all .
    The reason being that we have ” Royal blood ” as though we are close relatives but we are both from different families with no known connection
    All children should have a blood test prior to any legislation being brought in , making the inoculations mandatory .
    Had we simply ignored the reactions and carried on as the doctors advised , All our children could be dead now .

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