On June 25, 2015, California’s governor approved Senate Bill (SB) 277, a state law that substantially narrows exceptions to school-entry vaccination mandates. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2016, and California will join Mississippi and West Virginia as the third state to disallow nonmedical exemptions (NMEs) from vaccination based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students entering public or private schools.1 Only medical exemptions will be permitted.
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