The California Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, California, California Immunization Coalition, Vaccinate California and Health Officers Association of California joined forces to create the “I Heart Immunity” campaign in an ongoing effort to promote the importance of vaccines and Senate Bill 277, introduced by Senators Richard Pan, M.D., and Ben Allen, and signed into law in 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown.
Before children under 18 years of age may be admitted to any public or private California school, child care center or family child care home, California law requires that an immunization record be presented to staff by the parent/guardian. These immunization requirements are intended to protect the pupil against vaccine-preventable diseases and prevent the outbreak of disease in the school and childcare settings
SB 277 (Pan/Allen) removes the Personal Belief Exemption (PBE) option from the school and child care enrollment requirements. The bill allows families who choose not to vaccinate to home school or participate in independent study through a local public school. It also requires schools to publically provide information about their immunization rates. Removing the PBE will help protect the most vulnerable, including babies too young to be immunized and people who are immunocompromised, from the risks associated with contracting these diseases. It will also protect the community at large from increased outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease.
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- SB 277 Fact Sheet
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