Health, education and the freedom to choose are equally important aspects to focus on when it comes to nurturing a well-rounded nation. However, lawmakers in California and across the United States were forced to put one above the other after a measles outbreak spread to over 100 people vacationing at Disney parks in the United States and Mexico.
The Senate Education Committee in California recently passed a new bill to require schoolchildren to receive vaccinations with overwhelming support. The outcome, a ratio of 7-2, showed that both sides of the political spectrum favored the bill. Democrats and Republicans agreed that the bill, written by Sen. Richard Pan, a Democratic pediatrician from Sacramento, should be put into law. Beginning its journey to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bill will require students to be vaccinated and omit any excuse other than legitimate health problems that prevent vaccination.
Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children for a variety of reasons, and religious beliefs, potential negative side effects and personal skepticism are only a few. However, many of these parents will now be forced to vaccinate their children if they intend on enrolling them in the public education system.
Parents will be forced to vaccinate their children if they intend on enrolling them in public school.
Children who go unvaccinated can introduce potential threats to the student population, leading to a massive spread of contagious diseases like the recent outbreak in Disneyland. Many argue that schools are a public place, and if children want to exist in these communities, they need to be protected against preventable diseases.
America was founded on freedom, and it’s clear that many who rejected the bill will continue to fight to have the right to choose how their children are treated. The bill has not yet made it through the political process in its entirety, but it appears that many parents may start to consider homeschooling or independent study as an alternative to vaccination.