Remove Potentially Deadly Vaccination Loophole

Prashant Shrestha

Target: California State Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen

Goal: Stop using the “personal belief exemption” that lets children opt out of getting immunized from diseases.

Currently, parents in California who oppose the use of vaccines can use the “personal belief exemption” to avoid getting their children vaccinated. This is causing a rise in outbreaks of measles and other deadly diseases.

California lawmakers are now introducing legislation that would remove the exemption, which is used so frequently that a kindergarten in Berkley, California claims that seven out of eight children are not vaccinated at the school.

However, the dissenters of this bill are making their opinions loud and clear. State Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen has spoken out on the proposed legislation and calls it an “emotional reaction” to the recent outbreaks and that it “erodes parental rights.” Olsen said that they need to be “making decisions based on logic and sound data.”

California has been making decisions on sound data and that is the very reason why this exemption needs to be eradicated completely. Scientists have conducted research that supports the need for at least 95 percent of the population to be vaccinated, otherwise highly contagious diseases can sweep across the country.

Olsen needs to stop encouraging anti-vaxxers (people who oppose mandatory vaccinations) and face the facts. It simply isn’t fair to allow unvaccinated children to pose a serious health threat to the rest of the population. Please sign the petition below and tell State Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen that we need to get rid of the personal belief exemption so that the country can remain healthy.

PETITION LETTER:

State Assembly GOP Leader Kristin Olsen,

I am writing to you because of my concern over your recent dissent on eradicating the “personal beliefs exemption” that allows parents to not immunize their children because of their opposition to vaccines. Allowing children to not be vaccinated is dangerous for the entire population.

Measles and other highly contagious diseases can flourish when even a small portion of the population is not immunized against them. You may call this a “one-time incident,” but the rising rates of children who are not being vaccinated will lead to another outbreak and it is not fair to the general population to put them at risk.

Scientists have been studying the effects of vaccines and there is no evidence to suggest that they are harmful. Those who have released studies saying that vaccines are dangerous have been debunked and even had their medical licenses revoked because of false science. Stop purporting this dangerous idea and encouraging anti-vaxxers to put others at risk because of unsupported beliefs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Prashant Shrestha

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