California bill would nix vaccination exemptionCalifornia lawmakers want to get rid of a vaccination exemption for parents’ personal beliefs. The legislation comes amid a new spread of preventable illnesses such as measles and whooping cough, as parents continue to forgo vaccinating their children due to personal beliefs. “There are not enough people being vaccinated to contain these dangerous diseases,” Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, a pediatrician, said. “We should not wait for more children to sicken or die before we act.” Gov. Jerry Brown signaled his support for the bill, which is coauthored by Sen. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica. “The governor believes that vaccinations are profoundly important and a major public health benefit and any bill that reaches his desk will be closely considered,” Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, said. The current California vaccination mandate only applies to children attending public or private school, thus the legislation does not address children who are completely homeschooled, according to the Los Angeles Times. Children would still be able to forgo vaccinations for medical reasons, such as allergies or weak immune systems. Roughly 13,500 children have personal belief affidavits on file, with 2,700 identified as religious belief based. If the bill passes, Sen. Pan said the religious exemption would also be removed — but would be okay with a separate conversation on that issue. “Vaccines prevent serious and potentially life-threatening diseases and parents deserve to know the rates at the school they trust to protect their child,” Sen. Pan said. More