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.