Amid the continuous rise in the measles outbreak across the states in the US, two California lawmakers on Wednesday announced that they will be introducing a legislation proposing the end of the right of parents in California to exempt their children from receiving school vaccinations due to their personal beliefs.
The measure comes in response to the outbreak of the contagious disease, linked to the December’s visit to Disneyland, which has infected over 100 people countrywide.
Announcing the legislation in a written statement, state Senator Ben Allen said, “The high number of unvaccinated students is jeopardizing public health not only in schools but in the broader community. We need to take steps to keep our schools safe and our students healthy.”
Allen is co-sponsoring the legislation with fellow Democrat Richard Pan.
The officials believed that the measles outbreak began after an infected foreigner visited Disneyland in late December.
According to the California public health officials, 92 people have been confirmed for measles infection in the state alone. Many of these cases are believed to be linked with the Disney Park outbreak.
Over a dozen other cases of the dangerous communicable disease have been confirmed in 19 other American states and Mexico.
As the number of cases has crossed the 100-mark, it has renewed a rigorous debate over the so-called ‘anti-vaccination movement’ that has discouraged the people for getting vaccinated, owing their personal and religious beliefs. One of the most important reasons is also the potential side effects of vaccines that have caused a small minority of parents refusing to allow vaccination for their kids.
If the legislation is passed by the lawmakers, California would become the 33rd state to stop parents from not choosing to vaccinate their children based on personal beliefs.