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Senator Proposes Bill for Day Care Workers to Get Vaccinated

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<div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Coming off the heels of a confirmed case of measles in Merced County, a California senator is pushing for a bill that would require all day care workers to be vaccinated. On Wednesday, Senator Tony Mendoza introduced SB792.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Mendoza stated in a press released, according to the CDC in the year 2000, measles had been eliminated. But now, there have been 117 confirmed cases in California since late December. Mendoza said he believed it was common sense and scientific sense for adults who are around children to get vaccinated.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Jamie Redmon with Clovis Christian School said, &quot;The safety of our families is first and foremost.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">That is why, Redmon said, it is their policy that not only every child, but every staff member is up to date with their vaccines.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&quot;We do require immunization records to be on file and, in fact, all of our staff members we have decided that we are going to have our files also updated with current immunizations,&quot; said Redmon.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">In the new bill, Mendoza is proposing all family day care home and day care center workers get vaccinated against measles, pertussis, and influenza among others. He said on Wednesday, &quot;One child’s death is one too many, especially when it may be preventable. With the recent deadly outbreaks of measles and influenza, we must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">The Fresno County Public Health Department said it recommended all children get vaccinated, even though under currently law, parents can opt out of getting their child immunized.</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Natalia Vargas-Leanos with the Fresno Co. Public Health Department, &quot;It’s always encouraged because that’s the best thing we know about a lot of the diseases. It will cause a lot of sicknesses.&quot;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><font size="2">Currently, there are no immunization requirements for day care workers.</font></div></div>

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