Mandatory Vaccine Measure Signed Into Law in California

California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill eliminating the state’s personal beliefs exemption for school vaccine requirements – legislation that was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland linked to low vaccination rates.

The new law, which makes California only the third state to eliminate religious and other personal vaccine exemptions, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many of them fearing what scientists say is a debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism.

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown, a Democrat, wrote in his signing message. “While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”