After the latest measles outbreak hit California in 2015, a drastic measure has been taken to prevent such a dangerous occurrence from repeating. A bill that would make it mandatory for parents to vaccinate their children has been set into motion and is one step closer from being implemented.
On Wednesday, the Vaccination bill was voted 7-2 by California’s senate education committee. The bill would prevent parents from refusing to vaccinate their children because of religious beliefs or personal opinions, if they want their children to be part of the public education system.
Basically, if parents want their children to go to public or even private schools, they are obligated to vaccinate them. This measure obviously created huge controversy. People who are against vaccination have threatened to home-school their children, rather than vaccinate them.
Even people who are pro-vaccination are unsettled when it comes to the bill, because it begs the question : what will happen to it in the future? If school kids have to be vaccinated, what about teachers and the medical personnel? Will a bill regarding adult vaccination follow it? The precedent created by this bill would so strong, if would have the capacity to create a massive amount of future amendments and laws.
After 147 people got measles in the California outbreak, most likely from one infected traveler, as the CDC analysis concluded, California clearly wants to prevent the “anti-vaxer” parents from causing such a crisis in the future. The disease was spread to 15 other states.
While “anti-vaxers” threaten with protests in case the bill is passed, there are very few people who see it in an entirely good light. And yet, it appears to be the only way to prevent people from getting sick. More and more people are refusing to vaccinate their children, because they believe that vaccines can cause of autism or even be deadly.
Recent scientific research that clearly points out that there is no link between the measles vaccine and autism, after 95,000 cases have been studied. But not even a study of such weight has what it takes to convince “anti-vaxers” that they might be wrong.
What these people do not seem to understand is that by not vaccinating, they are not only putting their own offspring in danger, but all the other people that these children interact with. And is it only fair, in the interest of the majority population, that these parents should lose their right to chose?
An extremely harsh solution, without any doubt, but is it the only way? Well, that seems to be the situation in California. So everybody awaits the fate of this bill, that will have massive consequences. The next step on its road to be passed is California senate judiciary committee, where its legal aspects will be discussed.
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