New Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect In California

California Parents saw the institution of a new vaccine mandate on Friday barring new students from entering or seventh graders from advancing in school unless they have a list of shots required by the state pushing some parents to move out of state.

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Measles Outbreak in Memphis Began at Mosque

The first reported case of a person with measles in the recent Memphis outbreak, which now numbers seven confirmed cases, was at a local mosque on April 15, according to the Shelby County Health Department.

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Contagious Airborne Diseases Appear in Schools Across Texas

Highly contagious airborne diseases–tuberculosis (TB) and measles–surfaced in three Texas public school districts located in different parts of the state, although officials have not identified the origins of these cases.

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Ebola Case Surfaces in Sierra Leone, Resetting Countdown Clock

The government of Sierra Leone received a mere six-day respite from fighting Ebola, as a new case announced today resets the countdown clock to declaring the nation Ebola-free. The body of a 67-year-old woman in remote Kambia district has tested positive for the virus.

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Vaccine Mandate Lawmaker Faces Recall Backlash in CA

Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) faces a recall effort from Californians that opposed SB 277 after the state Senator spearheaded the bill that made California one of three states with the most severe childhood vaccine laws.

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First Person Dies From Measles in 12 years

Officials confirmed that a woman killed by measles in Washington State this spring had been vaccinated as a child but a combination of health problems, a depressed immune system and being on medication that interfered with her response to an infection left her unprotected from the deadly disease.

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Donnelly Launches Referendum to Overturn New Vaccine Law

Former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly has launched a referendum against vaccine law SB277, pledging to work with every individual or group to collect the signatures needed to put the vaccine referendum on the 2016 ballot and let voters decide this issue.

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Jim Carrey Blasts Jerry Brown Over Vaccine Mandate

The same day that California Governor Jerry Brown signed childhood vaccine bill SB 277 into law, two-time Golden Globe Award winning comedic actor Jim Carrey took to Twitter blasting the governor for not killing the bill that makes California among three states with the strictest vaccine laws in the country.

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Senate Passes SB 277 to End Child Vaccine Exemption

California legislators passed the highly controversial SB 277 by a vote of 24-14 on Monday, despite massive opposition efforts launched against the school-based vaccine mandate that brought thousands to the state capitol and caused protests around California.

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Vaccine Mandate, SB 277, Passes California Assembly

On Thursday, the California State Assembly passed the SB 277, which mandates child vaccinations as a condition of private and public school enrollment, by a vote of 46-30. Democrats and Republicans were divided within their own parties over the bill, which ultimately passed with bipartisan support. Due to amendments, however, the bill was immediately ordered back to the State Senate, where it previously passed.

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San Diego TB Rate Is Twice the National Average

San Diego cases of tuberculosis are double the national average health officials say, raising again the question of the role of illegal immigration in the spread of very serious like tuberculosis (TB) in the United States.

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Sierra Leone: Mothers Refuse to Vaccinate Children for Fear of Resurgent Ebola

Doctors in Port Loko, a northwestern region of Sierra Leone outside Freetown, are reporting a significant drop in the number of mothers bringing their children to hospitals for routine vaccinations. The mothers, they say, fear exposing their children to a resurgent Ebola virus, and in keeping them from hospitals are risking triggering the spread of polio or measles.

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Vaccine Bill Passes Assembly Committee Despite Red Sea of Opposition

SACRAMENTO — As a sea of red-clad protestors looked on, California’s fiercely debated vaccine mandate bill, SB 277, passed through the State Assembly Committee on Health on an essentially party-line vote of 12-6 on Tuesday, with one Democrat abstaining.

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Nation of Islam Joins Anti-Vaccine Bill Protest in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — A sea of red flowed over the steps of California’s State Capitol on Tuesday as opponents of the new vaccine bill, SB 277, rallied against its passage. Hundreds gathered to hear legislators and a diverse variety of Californians from across the state denounce the bill ahead of a public hearing in the State Assembly’s Committee on Health.

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Donnelly Joins Bus Brigade Against Vaccine Mandate Bill

Californians against school vaccine bill SB 277, led by former State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, are heading from southern California up to Sacramento in a brigade of buses to take a stand against the pending legislation.

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Vaccine Advocates Accuse Anti-Vaxxers of Stalking Them

A war of words has escalated between proponents and opponents of the highly contentious SB 277 bill in the California legislature, which would eliminate parental choice in vaccinations required to enroll children in public or private schools.

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CA Senate Approves Vaccine Bill Ahead of Saturday Protest

On Thursday, the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate California parents’ ability to opt out of mandatory vaccines for their school children for reasons of “personal belief.” The vote was 25 in favor and 10 against.

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