The State Senate gave approval last week to SB 792, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), on a vote of 31 to 5. The bill is aimed to protect California children in day care from contracting serious diseases by requiring family day care home and day care center workers and volunteers to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis and influenza. The bill now goes to Governor Brown for consideration.
“With the deadly outbreaks of measles and influenza this year, we must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care,” Mendoza said. “One child’s death is one too many, especially when it may be preventable.”
As recently as 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had declared that measles was eliminated (absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months) from the United States. However, from Dec. 28 to April 10, there were 134 confirmed cases of measles in California according to the California Department of Public Health.
“As a consequence, public health officials have been sounding the alarm that more should be done to protect the most vulnerable populations such as children and seniors,” Mendoza said.
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