California vaccine bill faces uphill battle

April 17, 2015 2:17 AM

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California vaccine bill faces uphill battle

Public health officials call vaccines a powerful tool to fight disease. In Sacramento, they have proved to be an equally potent weapon for political combat.

Rather than playing out as a straightforward public health issue, a bill requiring California schoolchildren to be fully vaccinated is extraordinarily contentious. The measure has galvanized citizen opponents, following a pattern that helped bury similar bills in Oregon and Washington, divided Sacra...

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