FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

AHF supports California plan to limit 'belief' exemption from vaccines

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said on Thursday that it will support California’s planned legislation to limit parents’ "personal belief" vaccine exemption in the state.

“We will vigorously support legislation planned by California State Senators Richard Pan and Ben Allen, intended to abolish or limit the so-called ‘personal belief’ exemptions, which this current measles outbreak shows are an anathema to prudent public health practices,” AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said. “We are sadly now seeing how such unfounded and indulgent exemptions wreak havoc with the public as this outbreak plays out across the country. We thank the senators for their plans for the bill and will press the California Senate and Legislature to act swiftly and favorably on such a bill.”

The nationwide measles outbreak, which has infected more than 100 people, has been attributed to a high rate of unvaccinated individuals. Pan and Allen said they intend for their legislation to increase the number of preschool and childhood immunizations in the state. The Los Angeles Times said Gov. Jerry Brown may be open to restricting such parental-choice vaccine exemptions.

In November, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation launched an advocacy and billboard campaign, “Protect Your Child — Vaccinate,” as well as a website bashing celebrities who have spoken out against vaccines: www.AirheadCelebs.com.

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