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California bill aims to appoint public health official to determine vaccine exemptions


Added 04-24-19 07:29:01pm EST - “A California lawmaker recently proposed a bill that would put the decision to dole out a vaccine exemption in the hands of a state public health official ?" a move that has anti-vaccine supporters up in arms.” - Foxnews.com

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Washington State Secretary of Health Dr. John Wiesman says there are no scientific facts to back up conspiracies that vaccines cause autism.

A California lawmaker recently proposed a bill that would put the decision to dole out a vaccine exemption in the hands of a state public health official – a move that has anti-vaccine supporters up in arms in a state that already has some of the toughest immunization laws in the country.

California state Sen. Richard Pan introduced late last month Senate Bill 276, which if approved would take the decision to grant vaccine exemptions out of the hands of doctors and put it under control of state health officials. Pan, who before turning to politics was a pediatrician, brought forth the legislation in response to reports that some doctors in the state are abusing their power and selling medical exemptions to parents.

“Medical exemptions have more than tripled since the passage of SB 277. Some schools are reporting that more than 20 percent of their students have a medical exemption,” Pan said in a statement. “It is clear that a small number of physicians are monetizing their exemption-granting authority and profiting from the sale of medical exemptions.”

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