California is right regarding vaccination bill

The state of California has not always been a state that sets good examples for the rest of the country to follow but this time California is right.

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed one of the nation's toughest mandatory childhood vaccination bills, moving to end exemptions from state immunization laws based on religious or other personal beliefs.

The legislation, which passed the California State Senate last Monday and the State Assembly last Thursday, would require more children who enter school, or day care, to be vaccinated against diseases including measles and whooping cough.

The bill, one of the most controversial measures before the California State Legislature this year, was introduced because of concern about low vaccination rates in some of the state's communities and an outbreak of measles at the state's Disneyland theme park that ultimately infected more than 150 people.

Like it or not, the role of good government is to enact laws that sometimes protect people from themselves.

The 49 other states should follow California's lead and pass tougher childhood immunization laws.

Religious and personal beliefs are no excuse for not buckling your seat beat and for not driving drunk and likewise religious and personal beliefs are no excuse for not providing important immunizations for your children.

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