California bill toughens up vaccine waivers

California to require waiver for unvaccinated students.

Parents who don’t have their children vaccinated will have to get a note from the doctor’s office before enrolling their children in school under a bill that Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday he has signed into law.

AB2109 will require parents who enroll students who have not received the required public school vaccines to get a waiver from a physician or a nurse practitioner saying they have received information about the benefits and risks of immunization.

Brown signed the vaccination bill amid what Assemblyman Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, called the largest national whooping cough epidemic in 50 years.

The new requirement will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Opponents, including former “Saturday Night Live” actor Rob Schneider of Pacifica, said it infringes on parental rights and increases medical costs for families.

“There shouldn’t be government coercion to force parents to jump another hoop to have to make decisions on … what’s the best interest of their child,” Schneider told The Sacramento Bee earlier this month.

California is starting to make some headway with their pro-science stance these days. With this new law of making it harder for children to not get vaccinated they’re also banning licensed therapists from using a harmful treatment that claims to cure homosexuality but doesn’t.

We’ve written about Rob Schneider’s anti-vaccination opinions earlier.

Nobody should take medical advice from an actor who has no training in medicine or science, of which Schneider has none. He’s buying into anti-vax propaganda and trying to spin it into some silly notion about Big Brother government conspiracy control.

Parents should be fully informed about the potential risk they are taking by not vaccinating their kids.

  7 comments for “California bill toughens up vaccine waivers

  1. melissa lenz
    October 2, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Parents DO need to understand the realities of not vaccinating their children. I was buying into propaganda. During the swine flu “epidemic” here in the states. My children both contracted swine flu…. They survived.. But I had NEVER seen them so sick! My guilt would have been unbearable had they died and I had a chance to prevent it from a vaccine! Never again! Vaccines are FAR better than watching your children die or even get horribly ill!

  2. One Eyed Jack
    October 2, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    So many good stories out of California this week.

    I’d like to see more education on the importance of vaccinating family and caregivers of newborns for whooping cough (pertussis). Newborns are the most vulnerable since the first series of immunizations takes 6 months to become effective. For infants, pertussis isn’t just a bad cough. It can kill.

    The CDC has a good feature that summarizes the facts on pertussis.

  3. Donna
    October 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    In just my opinion, I think it’s the preservatives in the vaccines which some of us have violent and permanent reactions to. They’re extremely toxic and many of us can’t chemically break them down and excrete them, which is why some are affected and others aren’t. I know the process is much more complicated than how I said it, but I also think it can be caused by environment and/or genetics.

  4. Am_Sci
    October 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    What you are asserting is an issue of fact, it makes no sense to preface the statement with “it’s just my opinion.” It so happens that there is no evidence to support your statement, so it is likely wrong. These myths about vaccines being harmful need to stop. The preservatives in vaccines are regulated by the FDA and the consensus of the medical community is that they are safe. If any study comes along suggesting that the ingredients pose a health risk, you can be sure that an investigation will be done. In the meantime, please don’t put people’s lives at risk by carelessly repeating such nonsense.

  5. One Eyed Jack
    October 3, 2012 at 10:15 AM


    You need to back a statement like that with citations.

    Perhaps some of your concern is based in the thimerosal controversy from the 1990’s. Although no harmful effect was ever linked to thimerosal, it was all but completely removed from vaccine formulations by 2001. It is still used in some influenza formulations, but not in those intended for children.

    The CDC has an informative page on the history and current use of thimerosal:

    It appears you have some vague notions about vaccines, but very few facts. I recommend researching this topic from reputable sources like the CDC, FDA, and WHO.

  6. Chris
    October 5, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Donna, please tell us which vaccine on the American pediatric vaccines are available only with thimerosal? Please refer to this table when you answer. You’ll see that it confirms one One Eyed Jack said, out of eight influenza vaccines four do not have thimerosal.

    And when you are done, you can then explain what ingredient on the DTaP vaccine is more toxic than tetanospasmin, diphtheria toxin and pertussis toxin. Those are the very real toxins created by the bacterial infections that the vaccine is supposed to prevent.

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