(NBC News) – Vaccine laws across the nation may be toughened, observers say, if California passes a fervently debated bill that would strip parents’ rights to exempt kids from immunizations based on personal beliefs.
A potential end to California’s opt-out provision gained ground Wednesday when the state senate’s education committee voted 7-2 to require full vaccinations for almost all public school students.
The move came in the wake of “anti-vax” parents were often blamed for the Disneyland measles outbreak that sickened 147 people as it spread to at least five states.
“Other states will be looking carefully at the California experience if this goes through,” said Dr. Eric Kodish, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care. “If they become a place where, as I would predict, fewer children get sick and die, it’s something other states would want to look at.”