California Governor Jerry Brown signed a controversial mandatory vaccination bill into law today, June 30th, making California only the third state in the nation to enact such legislation. In his signing statement, Brown said, “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.” The two other (and much smaller) states with similar laws are Mississippi and West Virginia. California’s law is arguably tougher than the other two states, and it places a ban on religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccines for any child who enters public school, private school or daycare in the state, beginning with kindergarten. Children currently enrolled in public schools who have an exemption on file will be grandfathered in until they reach the 7th grade, at which time they will be required to catch up with the state-mandated vaccination schedule.

via Forbes

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