New California child vaccination laws ban most exemptions

By Yvette C. Hammett

SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 (UPI) -- With California's new vaccination laws now in effect, some parents are opting to home school while others are moving out of the state.

The new laws eliminate most vaccination exemptions for school children in an effort to protect everyone from communicable disease outbreaks, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported. Other parents trying to avoid the new laws filed exemption paperwork before Jan. 1 to give them the leverage to vaccinate their children at their own pace.


California Senate Bill 277, which sparked one of the most contentious debates in years, ended with a win for those who favor vaccinations. Still, tens of thousands of Californians remain adamantly opposed to the mandate, The Mercury News reported.

Kristine Kinne, of San Jose, said she's checking out real estate in Idaho. An East Bay area mother said she is considering finding "an underground network" of doctors willing to give her a medical exemption for her 3 1/2-year-old son.

"It's really thrown me for a loop," Live Selle said. "I just don't want someone telling me what I have to do with my child — putting things into my child's body."


An outbreak of measles last year in Marin County, home to one of the highest concentrations of unvaccinated children, convinced the county to ban the personal-belief exemption. Now, all children entering day care, kindergarten or seventh grade are required to show proof of vaccinations.

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