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Vaccination Law: Recent Changes

California recently passed two laws regarding vaccinations: SB 277 and SB 792. Both bills were signed into law and go into effect in 2016.

SB 277 will require most of California’s children to be fully vaccinated in order to attend any private or public elementary or secondary school, child care center, family day care home, or any early childhood center. SB 277 removed the state's exemption to the immunization law that allowed parents to bypass vaccination for personal beliefs. Exemptions will only be given for medical reasons which must be a written statement by a licensed physician.

Similarly, SB 792 requires all volunteers and employees of child care centers and family child care homes to be immunized against influenza, pertussis, and measles. Early childhood centers will be required to keep vaccinations records or exemptions as part of their personnel files.

For more specific information on the laws and their exemptions you may read the complete text of the bills:

SB 277: http://bit.ly/CA-SB277

SB 792: http://bit.ly/CA-SB792

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