California governor signs bill limiting school vaccine exemptions

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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 1:07 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill eliminating the state's personal beliefs exemption for school vaccine requirements - legislation that was prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland linked to low vaccination rates.

The new law, which makes California only the third state to eliminate religious and other personal vaccine exemptions, generated vociferous opposition from some parents, many of them fearing what scientists say is a debunked link between childhood vaccinations and autism.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Bill Trott)