California becomes the first state to address an issue that has been at the center of numerous debates in the country in recent days. This is the issue over children having to receive certain medical vaccines or not. There are some people believe it or not that would prefer to not have their children vaccinated against various diseases. This has been seen by some as a parent’s rights issue, but others are fighting back based on public health concerns.
MSNBC.com reports that California lawmakers have now voted 6-2 in favor of moving a bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. The bill would requite that all parents vaccine their children if they are to be entered into public school. The bill would allow for a very small segment of parents to still avoid having their children vaccinated, but that segment would be tiny in number.
Though the bill has not become law yet, it has public health experts celebrating. It has also ginned up plenty of controversy already, but that was to be expected. People are going to have diverse reactions to such legislation, but in the end lawmakers must do what they feel is right for the people of the state of California. It is not always an easy decision, but it is one that they are indeed able to make.
Watch this space like Crystal Hunt to see if laws like this become more common in other states as well.