A bill proposed by a Redondo Beach lawmaker that would limit the number of schoolchildren who are exempt from being vaccinated advanced Tuesday in a Sacramento committee vote.
Health officials Friday said a measles outbreak believed to have started in Southern California and went on to spark a national debate over vaccines and public health is now over.
The now-stalled measure would have prevented parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs.
While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination requirements and exemptions, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation’s classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who, by and large, are not required to be vaccinated.
A local state senator plans to introduce a bill Wednesday that will propose changes to California’s vaccination requirements in the wake of the measles outbreak.
A measles outbreak centered in California has sparked a national debate over parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.
A number of Disney employees have contracted the measles virus, even though some of them say they had previously received vaccination.
Measles cases have been popping up around California in an outbreak linked to visits to Disney theme parks in Orange County during the winter holiday.
Parents who have opted against vaccinating their children are standing firm with their decision amid California’s worst measles outbreak in 15 years.
With the potential to affect thousands, the recent outbreak of measles in the U.S. has placed a spotlight on a debate that’s raged for years.
A growing number of parents who opt not to vaccinate their children due to personal beliefs is raising concerns among public health officials as the school year gets underway.
Health officials this week announced a cluster of cases of invasive meningococcal disease that sickened eight people in the LA area. Among those who fell ill, half were gay or bisexual, including the three who died. Two of the victims were HIV-positive.
The number of flu deaths across California have more than doubled since last week and hospitals are packed with patients.
Authorities Friday confirmed one case of the measles in Ventura County and some doctors are urging parents to have their children vaccinated against the potentially deadly disease.
Two more deaths due to bacterial meningitis have been reported in Southern California.