California will open 2020 with a new law that’s expected to make it more difficult for parents to circumvent the state’s vaccination requirements for children entering school.

The move is expected to shore up vaccination rates within a state that has been among the most effective over the past decade at bolstering immunizations among kindergartners.

SB276 will take effect Jan. 1 and is designed to make it more difficult for parents to obtain illegitimate medical exemptions that allow children to avoid vaccinations. Medical exemptions are allowed for children with compromised immune systems, and who would not be able to safely receive certain vaccines.

 

Credit: CDC

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