Target: Jerry Brown, Governor of California
Goal: Praise law requiring all public school students to be immunized against contagious and possibly deadly diseases.
A new vaccination law in California has finally nullified a “religious belief” clause which allowed unvaccinated children to attend public schools. Public outcry for such a law began after a measles outbreak surfaced at a California amusement park, causing over 100 people to fall ill. The law, which will require children to present proof of vaccination before entering a new school, has received enormous support from the ForceChange community.
Most young children will be vaccinated against contagious and potentially deadly diseases such as rubella, hepatitis B, and mumps, though some forgo the vaccinations due to religious beliefs or reliance on a now-debunked theory that vaccines cause autism. An overwhelming majority of medical professionals agree that vaccines dramatically reduce instances of these contagious diseases, which can cause lifelong disability and even death, and are extremely unlikely to harm children.
The issue with a refusal to vaccinate children is that it not only puts one child in danger, but can potentially cause harm to others. Babies, children who are too weak to be vaccinated due to other medical conditions, as well as adults with weak immune systems could all be put at risk of infection by an unvaccinated child.
While it is important to respect the personal beliefs of others, these beliefs should not put others at risk. Public schools should be a safe environment where the health and well-being of all children is considered. Sign the petition below to applaud California’s decision to require that students of public schools be immunized.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
California recently passed a law requiring that all students attending public schools are up to date on all their vaccines. The law will require parents to present proof of immunization when entering a new school or changing school districts. The law was drafted in response to an alarming measles outbreak at a California amusement park which saw over 100 people fall ill.
Despite the fact that the scientific community overwhelmingly agrees that vaccines prevent countless unnecessary illnesses and deaths, some schools in California have only a 20 percent immunization rate. Not only are these children at risk themselves, but they risk transmitting disease to babies too young to be vaccinated and others with weak immune systems. We, the undersigned, applaud California’s new immunization law, which makes a priority out of the health and safety of all schoolchildren.
[Your Name Here]
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