A handful of California doctors are abusing the medical exemption process to sell exemptions to parents to avoid vaccines. It’s time to strengthen oversight of this process. Our children are at risk. Our communities are at risk. Tell your California legislators to support Senate Bill 276 and reshape the California exemption process and require state-level public health approval of all exemptions.
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A bill pending in the Legislature will target doctors, who are helping parents skirt state immunization laws. Some unethical doctors even are selling “medical exemptions” for up to $1,200. Sponsored by Sen. Richard Pan, a pediatrician, SB 276 should be passed and signed by the governor.
Brooke Balck, who takes immunosuppressants, cannot have vaccines, making her especially vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases like measles. California is trying to protect people like her by introducing a new law.
“I think California is setting a precedent for vaccine laws across the country. We’re making sure that medical exemptions for vaccines are not being bought, and that’s a very serious problem. Other states have seen the work we’ve done and they’re working on their own legislation. We’ve come to realize that unless we get more vocal about our pro-vaccine stance, the anti-vaccine voices just get louder and louder.”
Statewide immunization policies increase the number of local students receiving vaccinations — New Times, 8/15/2019