New Bill Proposed for Unvaccinated Public School Children in California


The state of California is hoping to implement  a new bill which requests that unvaccinated children are not allowed entrance to public schools unless they have a signed statement by their child’s doctor stating that the parents have been read all the details of the vaccinations but refused to vaccinate. You can read the full bill here, but in brief, the current law simply requires public schools to have parents sign a vaccination exemption form, however, the new law will require

“a written statement signed by a health care practitioner that indicates that the practitioner provided the parent with information regarding the benefits and risks of the immunization and the health risks of specified communicable diseases.”

You may be thinking “So what’s the big deal? So a doctor signs it.” It’s not as simple as it sounds, and Dr Sears agrees that this will put parents in a very difficult position. In his recent Huffington Post article, he states

Supporters of this bill believe that all doctors will be willing to sign this form, as the signature does not imply agreement with the parent’s decision; it simply signifies that the doctor has provided the parents with information regarding the pros and cons. I disagree. I know for an absolute fact that some doctors will not sign this form out of principle or over fears of liability.

Parents will be forced to “doctor shop” for another doctor to sign their form. This won’t be easy. Some doctors are reluctant to take new patients who don’t vaccinate. Many doctors will be unwilling to sign an exemption form for a new patient or a patient who is only there for one visit (just to get the form signed). Some doctors get financial incentives from insurance companies for having high vaccination rates into their practice; seeing patients to get their form signed will put such bonuses at risk.How many doctors will parents be expected to call? How many “no’s” will a patient need in order to be allowed into school?

So where will this leave the parents of children who do not wish to vaccinate? They will be forced to find a co-operative doctor who will sign the consent form. This will, in no way, be easy. Or, they may be forced to pull their child out of the public school system and homeschool instead.

Is it fair to have the fate of a child’s education rest on the shoulders of a doctor? We all agree that parents know their child best. But here we see the government believes that they must dictate what is in the child’s best interests.

What do you think of the proposed bill?

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jennifer lynch
I agree with the bill. I think that it is vital to show paperwork that the parents were at least informed. There is too much “scare factor” from the internet going on with immunizations. As someone that works in the health care field, refusing vaccinations is on the rise, mostly by uninformed parents that have been frightened by warnings of autism by comments here and there by other parents, or online warnings. I’m kind of stunned to see similar comments posted here! Just because you read something online does NOT make it true! Please be VERY careful and thorough with… Read more »
and whilst I am on my soap box…. Yes – why don’t we bring back smallpox (you can die from that) or Diptheria, or Polio – yes I’d love to see all the crippled children who get that…. oh and don’t forget that measles causes blindness – yes that’s what the world needs, more blind crippled children….. that’s if they don’t die from the other – easily preventable diseases. Quite frankly you are idiots if you think that vaccinating should be be a choice. Grrrrr. If you’re unable to parent responsibly then you need to be told how to. It… Read more »
I believe it is IRRESPONSIBLE NOT to vaccinate your child. Vaccines HAVE BEEN PROVEN SAFE. Scares are caused by people trying to place blame on vaccines for autism. The Dr that caused the MMR scare has been STRUCK OFF following a thorough investigation which found his research faulty. There was not double blind test. Vaccines save lives. More lives can be saved if everyone is vaccinated. Yes you should be able to choose for your child. Choose to live on your own island with other similar minded fools if you choose not to vaccinate. The dangerous childhood ilnesses would all… Read more »

Sticking to the original post and question, I do not think this bill should be passed. Vaccines should never be mandatory, requiring an exemption. They should be offered, and parents can choose to use them or not.

Little by little, parental rights are being taken away, chipped away at, and this is just one more way to do it.

Public School is just that … public .. paid for by my, and your, taxes. WE the public should have the right for our children to use those schools without “mandatory” vaccines.

CA Mom
Are you vaccinated for whooping cough? If not, then did you know YOU are more likely if you get whooping cough to pass it along to a young baby who has not been vaccinated. Many shots require regular boosters. Older people are typically the ones who pass along these diseases because they are not up to date. And they are around their grandchildren. Say no to the government telling us what to do with our children. Where does it end? Are you all OK with the idea of trackers being put in your children at birth? Careful what you vote… Read more »
Your mom

Just get your kids vaccinated to keep every healthier! So annoying when people think they are above the rules. They are just trying to keep serious illnesses out of our schools. Come on hippies!

I would have to say that I fully agree with this bill. I understand that there are some reasons that parents choose not to vaccinate their children. However, being one of the ones that does choose to vaccinate, I don’t think that it is right that my child potentially be subjected to potential carriers. Even though my son has received all of his vaccinations, he still managed to get the chicken pox. Albeit a very mild form of it, but still got it anyways. Now, I know that chicken pox isn’t that big of a deal to contract, but what… Read more »
I do not agree with the government mandating many things for my children, but I am torn on this one. The more people who are vaccinated the chances of anyone contracting the disease (vaxed or not) goes down. Vaccines not only protect the vaxed, but they protect those too young or weak or allergic to be vaccinated. Vaccines are not perfect, but they are the best we have right now. So far enough of the population still vaccinates that we are relatively safe from large outbreaks, but that is changing. The small outbreaks around the US show that these horrible… Read more »

You made a choice now you have to live with it and all the things that come with that choice.

jennifer hazlett

Why when we were children did we receive 13 or less vaccinations (and clearly have not succumb to these archaic illnesses our babies are being vaccinated “against”) but now our kids are getting in upwards of 52 before they’re school aged??????? Riddle me that….

My 8 month old infant was fully vaccinated when he caught pertussis. He caught it from 2 fully vaccinated children and it took my son 4 months to recover. If you can catch it, you’re spreading it. Notice that most cases of pertussis are showing up in, and thus being spread by fully vaccinated individuals. Just because someone is vaccinated, does not mean that they cannot be be vectors for disease. How do we know when someone needs boosters? We already know that the immunity many of these shots provide is temporary, at best. If it worked we wouldn’t need… Read more »
Kari soto

And for all you people who think putting my child at risk to save others, my children are more valuable than that. Vaccines don’t work and cause damage!! Do your research please before you make such a statement.

This is a stupid and pointless law based on nothing more than fear. This law doesn’t serve any purpose, except to test the waters and see how far into our personal lives and freedoms we’ll allow the government to meddle. As much as I think all parents should vaccinate their kids, I know there are good reasons for some not to. Who is this law supposed to be protecting? The vaccinated kids should already be protected from all of those scary diseases, and the unvaccinated kids are just as exposed to those diseases from the kids at school as they… Read more »
I’m sorry – but it’s irresponsible of the *government* to impose this kind of thing on the population until they have been PROVEN SAFE. Vaccines are a risk to public health – not the other way around. An un-vaccinated child is more at risk from a vaccinated one, than vice-versa. The bottom line here is that we need to fight for our *rights* or they will all be taken away, regardless of you position. We don’t like the idea of genetically-modified foods because they’re not proven safe, yet we (as a society) are so quick to stick needles in our… Read more »
Britni Flewellen

I agree with the bill. Not vaccinating your child put others in danger.