On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Jerry Brown, Democratic Governor of the state of California, signed one of the United States' strictest vaccine laws. The new legislation eliminated religious and personal exemptions as a way to avoid having their children vaccinated. Now, the only way a child can refrain from receiving state required vaccinations is by medical need: such as an allergy to a vaccine component. California joins only West Virginia and Mississippi as states with similar laws.

The outbreak of measles in the state last year, linked to an infectious attendee at Disneyland, is considered to have played a role in the advancement of the controversial bill.

The number of non-vaccinated children within the state contributed to the spread of the disease across state lines where, according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, it affected more than 117 people.

The bill has the support of doctors, several hospital representatives and health advocates as a way to improve overall public health.

The new law SB 277 passed at state level legislature following a passionate debate, with parties on each side lobbying hard to get their voice heard. Robert F Kennedy Jr. even took an anti-vaccine documentary on the road in an effort to highlight dangers he represents vaccines pose for children of the state. Those arguing not to have their child vaccinated often cite medical studies to illustrate a link between vaccines and autism.

And despite these medical studies having been repeatedly recanted or otherwise dismissed many still hold fast to the belief in the link exists.

Governor Brown issued a statement on Tuesday noting, "The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.

While it is true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."

The implementation of the new law means that a child attending public or private school, or daycare facilities, must be vaccinated, unless medically relevant, otherwise the child must be homeschooled.

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