(c) Exemptions from immunization for medical reasons. (b) That the persons required to be immunized be allowed to obtain immunizations from whatever medical source they so desire, subject only to the condition that the immunization be performed in accordance with the regulations of the department and that a record of the immunization is made in accordance with the regulations.
A new and exceedingly stringent and dictatorial law took effect in California on July 1, 2016 which mandates that all children in that state must receive up to 33 vaccinations during their school age years or be denied access to public education. The law also holds denial of access to public education, a state constitutionally mandated right in California, as a penalty for a child not being vaccinated according to the state-mandated schedule.
This new law also repeals California’s 55 year old personal belief exemption which allowed parents to decline vaccinations on the basis of religious or other personal beliefs and values. The new law states: The governing authority of each school or institution included in Section 120335 shall prohibit from further attendance any pupil admitted conditionally who failed to obtain the required immunizations within the time limits allowed in the regulations of the department, unless the pupil is exempted under Section 120370, until that pupil has been fully immunized against all of the diseases listed in Section 120335.
They point out that illnesses, including rubella, diphtheria, smallpox, polio, and whooping cough, are now prevented by vaccination and millions of children’s lives are saved.
They contend adverse reactions to vaccines are extremely rare.
However, if sufficient numbers of children in a community are immunized, the vaccinated ones protect the unprotected by effectively stopping the chain of transmission in its tracks and drastically lowering the probability that the susceptible child will encounter the bacteria or virus,” said Katz.