California State Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed a bill eliminating the state’s personal beliefs exemption for school vaccine requirements. A reversal of recently held beliefs by the governor, who three years ago, sided with exemption requirements. This comes in the wake of a measles outbreak at Disneyland. Officials cited the exemption clause for school vaccinations may had inadvertently led to an increase number of school aged children not vaccinated and prone to acquiring measles, thus, increasing the likelihood of a measles outbreak. Some parents who oppose the elimination of the personal belief exemption cite a link between autism and vaccinations. However, scientists say this is a debunked and flawed assumption. In any event, increasing the promotion and implementation of vaccinations could help eliminate the measles outbreak that occurred this past year at Disneyland-California.
This outbreak has gain the attention of health care individuals from states across the country. An infant in Georgia recently accounted for the first evidence of the disease Measles, also known as MMR, in the state in three years. A very highly contagious disease, it serves right that other states are alarmed by the recent outbreak in California and now in Georgia. Disneyland, a popular summer vacation spot for many, people from all over the country travel there during the summer time. Henceforth, cases in other states have been linked to the Disneyland incident. All states in the US have vaccines available and are usually required for school aged children, however, as was the case for California, an exemption is available and can be granted in certain cases. Doctors usually recommend vaccinations for children under 5 years of age, and students at colleges and universities whom do not have record of vaccinations are required to get vaccinated prior to entering college.
Immunization records nationally are comprehensive with the disease being declared eliminated in the United States in the year 2000. Recent reported cases, thus, have mostly been a result of imported cases, cases of infected persons entering the country from abroad, aside from those linked to the Disneyland theme park in California. This is a good time for legislation to reevaluate exemption and vaccination requirements nationwide. Although personal and religious belief exemptions are warranted, sacrificing the health and safety of others around you are not. Having your child vaccinated prior to entering a high trafficked place such as pre-k or elementary school, or making sure you are vaccinated prior to entering a higher education setting is ideal. By being vaccinated, you can possibly help prevent the spread of a highly communicable, infectious disease.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/30/us-usa-vaccines-california-idUSKCN0PA2CB20150630 -California bill limits school vaccine exemptions
www.albanyherald.com/news/2015/feb/10/albany-health-officials-watching-m… -Albany health officials watching measles outbreak, speak on the disease
http://www.albanyherald.com/ -California limits school vaccine exemptions
http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/measles-outbreak/california-passes-bill-end-vaccination-exemptions-n382396 -California Passes Bill to End Vaccination Exemptions
www.ncsl.org/research/health/school-immunization-exemption-state-laws.aspx -States with religious and philosophical exemptions from school immunization requirements