California lawmakers acted Friday on a measure that would require workers in day care centers to get vaccinated as part of an effort to protect children from preventable diseases, including measles, for which there have been recent outbreaks in the state.
The vaccine bill applies to workers in commercial day care centers and family day care centers operated out of homes and is partly in response to a measles outbreak that involved visitors to Disneyland, according to state Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia).
While the outbreak linked to Disneyland did not result in any fatalities, children have died in the country from other diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, he said.
“One child’s death is one too many, especially when it may be preventable,” Mendoza said Friday. “We must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care.”