California caves to vaccination deniers

California caves to vaccination deniers

To the editor: Any scheme that allows religion-based exemptions to state-mandated vaccinations of children will doom many public schools to low immunity levels that risk disease outbreaks like the measles scare that originated at Disneyland last year. ("California's measles outbreak is over, but vaccine fight continues," April 17)

The exemption prerequisite that some tout — requiring parents to submit an annual letter explaining religious principles that guide their objections to vaccination — will do naught to stop some parents. If hundreds of them could...