SB 277 Even Bars California Lawmakers From Sending Their Children to Daycare, School


In a hearing on Tuesday, June 9 about SB 277, a bill proposed to abolish non-medical vaccine exemptions in California, California’s Assembly Member, Autumn Burke, a Democrat who represents District 62, publicly revealed that her 11- month-old is being vaccinated on a slower, less aggressive schedule.

Many pro-vaccine parents like Burke are making a similar choice to delay or forgo some vaccines.

Studies consistently show that parents with the most education and the highest income forgo or delay some vaccines, like Hepatitis B and HPV.


Public confidence in vaccines is waning.

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According to research published in the Journal of Human Toxicology, America has the most aggressive infant childhood vaccination schedule in the world, and much poorer infant health outcomes compared to countries with fewer vaccines.

Autoimmune disorders, some of which, like Guillan-Barré syndrome and thrombocytopenia, have been shown to be caused by vaccines, are rising exponentially.

Neurological damage caused by vaccines is also on the rise.

Autism in the United States, though not definitely linked to vaccines, is known to be caused by environmental triggers and has become an epidemic, affecting 1 in every 68 children in the United States.

When educated parents look objectively at this information, most, like Burke, choose to follow a more evidence-based and scientific vaccine schedule.

Even the most staunchly pro-vaccine advocates choose not to do the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease.

If parents are hepatitis B negative, their newborns are not at risk for hepatitis B.

According to Tina Kimmel, Ph.D., a research analyst for the California Department of Public Health, who spoke at a rally in Sacramento against SB 277, in 1991 when hepatitis B was recommended by the CDC, medical doctors and policy makers were shocked and dismayed.

“Hepatitis B disease is spread in the US primarily through unsafe sex and intravenous drug use,” Kimmel said. “The disease was almost unknown among young, non-immigrant children in California . . . ”

At least nine states have stopped mandating the hepatitis B vaccine for entrance into daycare.

Yet if SB 277 becomes law in California, parents may not choose to forgo the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine.

Under SB 277, any child on a “reduced” or delayed vaccine schedule will be barred from daycare, public, and private school.

In California, children are required to be vaccinated against 10 different diseases by the time they are 18 months old:

  • Diphtheria
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus
  • Hib
  • Hepatitis B
  • Polio
  • Chicken pox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella

“SB 277 is an unnecessary mandate attempting to solve a non-existent problem,” says Sharla Jacobs, a mother of two and the owner of a multi-million dollar company that educates integrative healthcare practitioners.

“There is no health crisis in California and absolutely no justification for this bill,” Jacobs says.

“I vaccinated my children on a delayed schedule based on research that I did and conversations that I had with my doctor,” says Joni Martin, a mother of two from Santa Cruz who has a B.A. from Yale University.

Martin says her children (17, 12) are both vaccinated for the measles.

According to the California Department of Public Health, California’s vaccination rates are at an all-time high.

Jacobs, who has an MTHFR mutation, says SB 277 will not change her mind about her family’s decision to follow a delayed vaccine schedule.

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“If the bill passes, we would be forced to homeschool, even though that’s not optimal for our kids,” says Jacobs, whose sons are four and seven and currently attend a private school in Santa Cruz, California.

“We can’t safely follow the schedule for our kids. Scientific studies show that children with the MTHFR mutation are significantly more vulnerable to severe adverse effects from vaccine adjuvants, like aluminum and Thimerosal, which contains mercury. My children have this genetic mutation, so I’m not willing to take the risk,” Jacobs says.

“Parents are making decisions about vaccinations for solid reasons,” Martin insists. “Those who are able will homeschool rather than compromise their decisions about their children’s health.”

Looks like Assembly Member Autumn Burke will be homeschooling too.

~ Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.

About the author:  Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D. is an award-winning journalist, Fulbright grantee, and the author/editor of five books on children’s health.  

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7 Responses to SB 277 Even Bars California Lawmakers From Sending Their Children to Daycare, School

  1. Gene says:

    Each of us is our own best health advocate. With so much information and in most cases sometimes incorrect information and rumors, learning the facts before making immunization decisions is very important. In my opinion vaccination is very personal and there is no rule of thumb, no right or wrong solution to the vaccination problem.

  2. Emma says:

    Vaccines is really not easy question. There are different opinions. And I think, government must do everything impossible to prevent the risks.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      We agree that it’s not an easy question. That’s why it’s so infuriating that we’re constantly faced with people who wish to force ALL children (including the ones that are likely to be significantly harmed) into vaccinating, especially for illnesses they are not likely to ever be exposed to, much less harmed by.

  3. Hasan says:

    I would say that if there is a causal effcet of IQ -> disease, then improving health care will result in a lowered average IQ. The smarter people are preventing themselves from getting sick. If you ensure that those that get sick survive more then you are removing the selection against them and enabling the less intelligent people to survive.yes one could logically argue that disease -> IQ (but remember you don’t study for an IQ test) but the notion that IQ is important to survival is unpalatable to society, (because of the social implications) yet we reward better performing workers with higher salaries.IQ has to be one of the most important measures of fitness we have even if it is can never be an exact measurement. What is important is that statistically it is unshakable.

  4. deenie1219 says:

    IMO, all vaccines cause some degree of damage to the brain and to the immune system.

  5. Very well put. Thank-you for being the voice of reason. If you really think scientifically about vaccines and the diseases they are trying to prevent, we will prevent more hepatitis B by vaccinating teenagers, not newborns if the newborn’s mother does not have hepatitis B. The newborn series is not giving lasting protection. The CDC schedule does not take into account the toxicity of vaccines like the hepatitis B that has 250 micrograms of aluminum, a known neurotoxin associated with developmental delays when the dose exceeds 5 micrograms per Kg. A newborn weighing 7 lbs (3 Kg) shoudl not take more than 15- 20 micrograms a day of aluminum, or risk developmental delays.

  6. I would like to add food allergies to the list of problems created by vaccines.

    FDA/CDC doctors admit vaccines cause food allergies

    Nobel Laureate Charles Richet discovered over a hundred years ago that
    injecting proteins into mammals can cause them to develop an allergy to
    that protein.

    In 2002, the doctors from the CDC and FDA warned that gelatin-containing
    vaccines can cause gelatin allergy based on similar findings in Japan.

    “Nonetheless, our cases with anti-gelatin IgE required some previous
    exposure to gelatin to become sensitized, and this may have come through
    ingestion of gelatin-containing food or injection of gelatin-containing

    They wrote: “Efforts should continue to identify less allergenic
    substitutes for gelatin currently used by vaccine manufacturers.”.

    Vitali Pool, MD, CDC, M. Miles Braun, MD, MPH, FDA, John M. Kelso, MD,
    Naval Medical Center, Gina Mootrey, DO, MPH, CDC, Robert T. Chen, MD,
    MA, CDC, John W. Yunginger, MD, Robert M. Jacobson, MD, Mayo Clinic,
    Paul M. Gargiullo, PhD, CD.
    Prevalence of Anti-Gelatin IgE Antibodies in People With Anaphylaxis
    After Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine in the United States

    Yet today, the CDC table here lists numerous food proteins contained in
    vaccines, including gelatin, egg, milk, soy, seaweed and vegetable oils
    (in Polysorbate 80, sorbitol).

    The result – the food allergy epidemic.

    And gelatin in vaccines is still making kids sick today:

    Japan removed gelatin from their vaccines in 2000.

    Kuno-Sakai H, Kimura M. Removal of gelatin from live vaccines and DTaP-an ultimate solution for vaccine-related gelatin allergy.Biologicals 2003;31:245-9

    My son developed multiple life-threatening food allergies from these
    food protein contaminated vaccines.

    How can this situation ever be justified?
    One aspect that makes this problem worse is the five injections per sitting, vaccine schedule. Until food protein contamination of vaccines is addressed, a modified schedule may be the only option to reduce risk.

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