Health through Vaccination via CA Senate Bill 277

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Vaccination (or “Immunization”) remains one of the most currently contentious topics in the United States. Despite it’s proven disease prevention statistics, a vast number of residents across the United States oppose mandated vaccination, supporting ‘parental choice’ of their child’s vaccination status.

Understandably, this widespread opposition stems from parents’ natural concerns for their children’s health and wellbeing. A slightly increased association between paralytic Guillain-Barre syndrome in the 1970s and the prominent influenza vaccination that year heightened the public’s awareness of the slim, potential adverse effects of certain vaccinations. However, many parents fail to recognize the significant public health accomplishments achieved by mandated vaccination programs.  The Centers for Disease Control recommends proper vaccination as a key prevention strategy of infectious diseases.   Diseases such as tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, several influenza strains, polio, and many others are not commonly seen today (or even eradicated) due to implementation and adherence to successful vaccination programs.

California Senate Bill 277 (SB 277) helps to enforce and maintain these successful vaccination programs by requiring school-age children to have complete immunization records prior to school enrollment, regardless of personal preference. The 2015 multi-state measles outbreak (originating from a California theme park) could have likely been prevented granted gaps in proper vaccination did not exist. Senate Bill 277 helps to protect not only our own children, but the children of those around us—we must uphold the implementation of Senate Bill 277 and inform our fellow parents of the wealth of benefits given through complete childhood immunization.

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6 Responses to “Health through Vaccination via CA Senate Bill 277”

  1. Sara J. Taylor Says:

    Reblogged this on Global Health and Media and commented:
    California was an example of why it is so important to vaccinate children and continue vaccinations as an adult for the Publics Health. Check out this action in the right direction from the California government.

  2. meredithsarah22 Says:

    I definitely support this bill. In fact I think it should be mandatory for school attendance that children get vaccinated. It is for the protection of themselves and other children. And many of the parents that don’t vaccinate are actually of a relatively high education and economic status. Education matters to these families. So intervening at the school level makes sense. It appalls me that people do not vaccinate their children. There are some pediatricians that won’t take patients unless the parents agree to vaccinate. I think this policy can be useful, although everyone needs access to primary care. But certainly enforcing our current vaccine laws is very important to maintain the progress we have made in infectious disease control.

  3. dhalias92 Says:

    I also support this bill. As a mother, I would like to take all necessary precaution to protect my child from being sick or to prevent the disease to be transmitted to other children. My decision may not resonate with those who have a different belief. My take on that is, if we put our beliefs (religions, opinion, etc) aside, and look at the issue based on scientific data, we may all come to the same conclusion; i.e., vaccination is important in public health.

  4. asangua1 Says:

    I highly agree with the vaccination for children proposal. It is very important to vaccinate children for a disease that has high risk of outbreak like measles. Not only it will protect immunized children, it may have effect on others (herd immunity).
    I think additional interventions should be made to make sure that every children get vaccinated:
    1. Education to parents, teachers, media and scientists.
    2. Mandatory vaccination as local or state law.

  5. Asha Says:

    I agree that vaccination is a priority but I think there needs to be more education prior to implementing a bill that mandates it. I am not against the bill, however, in this current culture where social media often breeds fear and propaganda ( i.e. the case of vaccination and autism), Im not quite sure that the public health sector has been as aggressive in emphasizing the importance of vaccination and eliminating myths. In fact they have relied heavily on education coming from over burden pediatricians and family practitioners. There needs to be more aggressive social marketing and overall education. In this way parents do not feel they have their rights eliminated

  6. careysharpe Says:

    As a pediatric nurse practitioner working in a pediatric ICU, I have seen first hand the tragedy of an infectious disease taking a child’s life. My first day on the job I remember a 6 week old baby was taken off life support after he went into respiratory arrest at home which caused him to have a prolonged hypoxic event leading to brain death….all caused by pertussis. It is absolutely devastating to think that a death such as this could have potentially been prevented with proper vaccination in our community. I absolutely support initiatives to mandate vaccinations, however I also agree that public education needs to be a major component of implementing such a bill. There is so much misinformation out there, and people are making choices for their children out of fear, not founded on decades of scientific research. As gruesome as it may sound, I think people need to be educated on the real consequences of lack of vaccination and the breakdown in heard immunity with stories such as this- an innocent child’s life being cut short by an vaccine preventable illness. Pediatric and family health practitioners do not have the time to do this with every single patient and a mass public health campaign could be invaluable in spreading the truth regarding the importance of vaccination.

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