California vaccination bill SB277 has passed in the State Assembly on a 46 to 30 vote. The bill, inspired in part by the measles outbreak that began last December in Disneyland, mandates ALL schoolchildren be vaccinated, regardless of their parents’ personal or religious beliefs, but still permits medical exemptions.

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Via The San Jose Mercury News:

Because the bill was recently slightly amended in the Assembly, it must return to the Senate, its house of origin, for a final OK. After that, SB 277 would require Brown’s signature to become law.

The governor’s staff has said Brown “believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered.”

But it’s unknown whether or not Brown would allow the religious exemption to be dropped from the current bill.

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Because due diligence demands we ensure the horse is really, truly dead: Vaccines save lives and halt the spread of disease. The existence of a link between vaccines and autism has been exhaustively debunked. The refusal of vaccines has helped drive US measles cases to record highs. The “personal” decision not to vaccinate can have far-reaching consequences on the health of others.

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