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Legislation Calls For Workers Vaccination

Sacramento, CA – In the wake of the measles outbreak, one California lawmaker wants all day care and preschool workers to be vaccinated.

Citing that the state should do all it can to protect children, Democratic state Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia has introduced SB 792, which will require all family day care home and day care center workers to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, and influenza, among other diseases. He touts the bill as a common sense solution with scientific sense.

“Children under the age of five are one of the most vulnerable age groups for contracting infection and developing complications from these very serious diseases, so it is critical that we use all available methods to protect them,” said Senator Mendoza.

The bill would also require workers to comply with the broader recommendations for adult immunizations by the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Currently, there are no immunization requirements for day care workers.  State health officials have confirmed 117 cases of measles in California, with the outbreak originating in Disneyland in Anaheim.