SACRAMENTO (AP) — Some 3 million public and private school students in California must prove they have had a booster vaccination against whooping cough to attend grades 7 through 12 this fall.

The change is one of the most sweeping among a handful of state laws taking effect Friday.

It follows a 2010 spike that killed 10 infants and affected more than 9,000 others, the most whooping cough infections in California in 63 years.

School officials and doctors have been notifying parents and students since last fall, while setting up clinics to administer the shots. Most other states already require the additional shot against the disease, also known as pertussis.

Exemptions can be granted for medical reasons or personal beliefs, but unvaccinated students can be excluded from school if there is an outbreak.

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Comments (7)
  1. mitzi says:

    every student in California should be able to prove they are a citizen or be forced to pay for private school education. sick of tax money being used on educating illegal aliens!!!

    1. DJ says:

      Could not have said it better myself! How do we know these illegals are vaccinated? They could easily forge papers like the do identification. I will pay for my children to go to private schools that risk getting a disease from one of their kind as god knows what bacteria they bring across the border!

    2. Saber 1 says:

      Another disease that we eradicated years ago, but the bottom feeding third world ILLEGAL ALIENS are bringing it with them.

  2. Albert says:

    This law is just forcing people to get a vaccine so that the makers of the vaccine and the politicians behind it can sell for billions of profits.

    I know that Obama should be aware of this, anyway, it is useless to fight it unless we all unite and revolt against the silence opressor.

  3. DJ says:

    I got a better idea. How about the law forcing people to show proof that they are citizens as well as their parents and if not back to mexico you go. That might just work so they would not consider anything that makes sense.

  4. Linda says:

    I would not let my daughter go to school with all the illegals in public schools where they do not learn anything. It serves as daycare for these anchor baby litter breeders!

  5. Tina says:

    I even keep the doors locked when they come to cut the grass and pay by mail to avoid thier kind. They are so disgusting and I get irritated when they speak Mexican and you cannot understand them. OMG!

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