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 California lawmakers are introducing legislation to end a parental right to exempt their children from school vaccinations based on personal beliefs. An outbreak of measles in California has infected more than 100 people. Health officials have linked many of them to an outbreak when infected person from outside the country visited Disneyland in late December.The measure would make California the 33rd state to bar parents from opting out of vaccinations based on personal beliefs.
All 50 states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students.  Although exemptions vary from state to state, all school immunization laws grant exemptions to children for medical reasons. Almost all states grant religious exemptions for people who have religious beliefs against immunizations. Twenty states allow philosophical exemptions for those who object to immunizations because of personal, moral or other beliefs.

SCHOOL VACCINE REQUIREMENTS AND EXEMPTIONS

 State Statute  Religious Exemption  Philosophical Exemption
 Alabama  Ala. Code § 16-30-3  Yes  No
 Alaska  Ak. Stat. §14.30.125  Yes  No
 Arizona  Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-872, 873  Yes  Yes
 Arkansas  Ark. Code Ann. § 6-18-702  Yes  Yes
 California  Cal. Health & Safety Code § 120325 et seq.  Yes  Yes
 Colorado  Colo. Rev. Stat. § 25-4-902, 903  Yes  Yes
 Connecticut  Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-204a  Yes  No
 Delaware  Del. Code Ann.  tit. 14  § 131  Yes  No
 Washington, DC  D.C. Code Ann. § 38-501, 506  Yes  No
 Florida  Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.22  Yes  No
 Georgia  Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-771  Yes  No
 Hawaii  Haw. Rev. Stat. § 302A-1154,1156  Yes  No
 Idaho  Idaho Code § 39-4801, 4802  Yes  Yes
 Illinois  105 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/27-8.1  Yes  No
 Indiana  Ind. Code Ann. § 21-40-5  Yes  No
 Iowa  Iowa Code Ann. § 139A.8  Yes  No
 Kansas  Kan. Stat. Ann. § 72-5209  Yes  No
 Kentucky  Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 214.034  Yes  No
 Louisiana  La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 17:170(A);40:31.16  Yes  Yes
 Maine  Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 20-A § 6355  Yes  Yes
 Maryland  Md. Code Ann. Educ. § 7-403  Yes  No
 Massachusetts  Mass. Gen Laws ch.76, § 15  Yes  No
 Michigan  Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 333.9208, 9215  Yes  Yes
 Minnesota  Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A-15  Yes  Yes
 Mississippi  Miss. Code Ann. § 41-23-37  No  No
 Missouri  Mo. Rev. Stat. § 167.181,210.003  Yes  Yes*
 Montana  Mont. Code Ann. § 20-5-403, 405  Yes  No
 Nebraska  Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-217,221  Yes  No
 Nevada  Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.435, 437, 439  Yes  No
 New Hampshire  N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 141-C:20-a, 20-c  Yes  No
 New Jersey  N.J. Stat. Ann. § 26:1A-9, 9.1  Yes  No
 New Mexico  N.M. Stat. Ann. § 24-5-1, 3  Yes  No
 New York  N.Y. Pub. Health Law § 2164  Yes  No
 North Carolina  N.C. Gen. Stat. § 130A-155,156, 157  Yes  No
 North Dakota  N.D. Cent. Code § 23-07-17.1  Yes  Yes
 Ohio  Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3313.671  Yes  Yes
 Oklahoma  Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 1210.191, 192  Yes  Yes
 Oregon  Or. Rev. Stat. § 433.267  Yes  Yes
 Pennsylvania  28 Pa. Code § 23-83, 84  Yes  Yes
 Rhode Island  R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-38-2  Yes  No
 South Carolina  S.C. Code Ann. § 44-29-180  Yes  No
 South Dakota  S.D. Codified Laws § 13-28-7.1  Yes  No
 Tennessee  Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-6-5001  Yes  No
 Texas  Tex. Edu Code Ann. § 38.001  Yes  Yes
 Utah  Utah Code Ann. § 53A-11-301, 302  Yes  Yes
 Vermont  Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 18, § 1121,1122  Yes  Yes
 Virginia  Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-271.2, § 32.1-46  Yes  No
 Washington  Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.210.080, 90  Yes  Yes
 West Virginia  W. Va. Code § 16-3-4  No  No
 Wisconsin  Wis. Stat. Ann. § 252.04  Yes  Yes
 Wyoming  Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-4-309  Yes  No

A small minority of parents to refuse to allow their children to be vaccinated because they feel the vaccinations are dangerous.

A day care center at a high school in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica closed earlier this week and more than a dozen infants placed under a three-week quarantine after a baby enrolled in the program was diagnosed with measles.

Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 after decades of intensive childhood vaccine efforts. But last year the nation had its highest number of measles cases in two decades.

Most people recover from measles within a few weeks, although it can be fatal in some cases.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers