Many states — including California — allow parents to opt-out of vaccines for their children simply by declaring their personal opposition. USA Today compares what’s happening in several states this year on the vaccine front. In California, Assemblyman Richard Pan of Sacramento, introduced a bill which would require parents to meet with a health care provider before opting out of vaccines. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill this week.
Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis