California lawmakers want to get rid of a vaccination exemption for parents’ personal beliefs.
The legislation comes amid a new spread of preventable illnesses such as measles and whooping cough, as parents continue to forgo vaccinating their children due to personal beliefs.
“There are not enough people being vaccinated to contain these dangerous diseases,” Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, a pediatrician, said. “We should not wait for more children to sicken or die before we act.”
Gov. Jerry Brown signaled his support for the bill, which is coauthored by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica.