This Updated 6/20: announcement below is no victory. (Thanks to those who have clarified the net result.) While it's good news for the moment not to have public health bureaucrats approving medical exemptions to vaccination, it's clear that the push is on to punish doctors who provide them to patients. A solution would be for all physicians to respect parental choice and to offer exemptions to those with a family history of vaccination contraindications. Share the burden. There's strength in numbers. If parents could have safe, private conversations about their concerns with their doctors, the system would work better and parents would not HAVE to "doctor shop," which makes them sounds like Opioid drug addicts looking for Dr. Feelgood and a Pill Mill.
The contraindications to vaccines are usually far more severe than the disease for which the vaccine purports to prevent. Seizures, for instance, are worse than chicken pox as a rule. And the fact is, no one knows if they will have an adverse side effect or an allergic reaction to a product they have never tried - until it's too late. It's not like you can have an epi-pen at your side the first time you give your child peanut butter. There is no testing for vaccine reactions. It's Russian roulette.
California public health officials would have more oversight of doctors and schools with high numbers of medical exemptions for vaccinations under a legislative compromise announced Tuesday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom and the bill's author disclosed the deal aimed at cracking down on fraudulent exemptions issued by sympathetic doctors.
The updated measure by Sen. Richard Pan removes a provision that would have required health officials to consider every exemption requested and expands the criteria for granting exemptions.
The California bill is aimed at deterring "doctor-shopping." Proponents, including medical and pediatric associations, said some doctors have been selling immunization exemptions since California ended non-medical exemptions in 2016. Read more at The Olympian.