A fiercely debated bill that requires almost all students in California to be vaccinated was approved by the state Senate.
The measure would remove the state’s “personal belief” exemption that permits parents to decide on having their children vaccinated on illnesses such as measles, one of the primary causes of deaths all over the world.
The bill conceded 25 to 10 on Thursday, in spite of the protestors who filled debates in opposition. The measure only allows exemption on kids who cannot be vaccinated due to medical reasons. That is why parents should either get vaccinations for their children or home-school them.
“Vaccines are necessary to protect us, but that protection has been eroding,” said Sen. Richard Pan, a Democrat, who co-authored the bill. “We need to do more to protect our communities.”
The measure was planned in reaction to a measles epidemic at Disneyland that led to at least 131 cases. There were around 600 U.S. cases in 2014 and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; almost all of them caused parents to be unsuccessful in getting their children vaccinated.
The California bill presently moves to the state Assembly. If it ever passes, the state would join Mississippi and West Virginia in passing stringent vaccine.