Senate approves requiring vaccinations for day care workers

May 22, 2015 2:38 PM by News Staff

Day care workers would have to be vaccinated, under a bill moving through the California Legislature.

The state Senate on Friday approved the bill by Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia, sending it to the Assembly on a 34-3 vote.

SB792 passed a week after senators approved a more controversial bill mandating that California schoolchildren be vaccinated as part of an effort spurred by recent outbreaks of measles and whooping cough.

Mendoza says his bill would help extend protections to pre-school and day care centers.

He says requiring that employees be immunized is particularly important because many of the children in their care are too young to be fully vaccinated against potentially serious communicable diseases. The diseases also can bring more complications for youngsters than for older children and adults.

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