(11) Any other disease deemed appropriate by the department, taking into consideration the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
“This new law is deeply alarming to any citizen who holds control over their personal and family health care decisions as a basic human right,” said ICA Legislative Committee Chairman Dr. The intrusive and heavy-handed nature of communications to school authorities includes the sending of letters to schools requesting that copies of the medical exemption form be submitted to the state for ‘review’ and determination if the letter meets their standard; which for physicians raises concerns of future targeting by the Medical Board.
Senate Bill 277, which last year sparked one of the most contentious debates in the state Capitol in years, takes effect Friday.
But tens of thousands of Californians still remain vehemently opposed to a mandate they consider a violation of their parental rights.
The other bad bill defeated in Virginia, SB 1028, would have required vaccine exemption rates to be posted publically by each school. This bill was so offensive to NVIC President and Co-Founder Barbara Loe Fisher that she talked to the bill author herself, and the bill author withdrew the bill voluntarily.
We opposed this bill and others like it that have come before it because they have nothing to do with health.
The law, however, is being hailed by its proponents as a victory for public health.
(d) For the keeping of adequate records of immunization so that health departments, schools, and other institutions, parents or guardians, and the persons immunized will be able to ascertain that a child is fully or only partially immunized, and so that appropriate public agencies will be able to ascertain the immunization needs of groups of children in schools or other institutions.
These days, there are usually no reported cases in a year. For the first five years of the 1940s, there were a million cases of whooping cough.
When a vaccine was introduced at the end of that decade, the number of cases fell to 15,000 by 1960 — and 1,700 by 1980.
Adjust the immunization rates on the chart below and see what happens when you introduce a sick person into the population.
(For those curious, in our simulation an unvaccinated person stands a 50 percent chance of becoming sick if they’re adjacent to an ill person.) Part of the problem with relying on states to police themselves without national guidance is that if a state decided to drop the immunization requirement, things can get bleak in a hurry.