California Lawmakers Seek to End Personal Exemptions to Vaccinations

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A group of California state senators wants to do away with the personal belief exemption that allows children to attend public school without being vaccinated. Led by Senator Richard Pan, the lawmakers say their effort is designed to protect children. Opponents to the legislation argue that the law oversteps the state's authority. Still others feel the state should simply focus on raising vaccine rates, rather than creating a new law.


Dr. Richard Pan, State Senator representing Sacramento, Elk Grove and West Sacramento. Pan is also a pediatrician who's leading the legislative effort to eliminate the personal belief exemption for vaccines.

Lisa Aliferis, editor of KQED's State of Health blog