States Strengthen Vaccine Requirements
Encouraging news at the state level:
California has tightened the laws that allow parents in the state to opt out of immunization for their children. It now joins Washington and Vermont in requiring parents who want an exemption to demonstrate that they have received factual information about the risks and benefits of vaccination from a health-care practitioner or the state’s health department.
New Jersey is also considering a bill to strengthen exemption requirements, and similar legislation in Arizona has died in previous legislative sessions, but may be re-introduced next year. The issue is not a partisan one: bills have sponsors in both parties
The opting out of vaccinations has led to resurgences in whooping cough and other communicable diseases. It’s nice to see state legislatures tightening the requirement.