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New vaccination law remains controversial

Three year-old son Eli Gomez cried just a little following his flu vaccination by LVN Zinaiid Garcia in the San Joaquin Community Hospital mobile unit.  Mother Rocio Garcia holds Eli.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of a law mandating routine vaccinations for most children enrolling in schools has not settled the controversy over childhood immunizations.

The governor on Tuesday signed SB 277 into law effective July 1, 2016. It eliminates the personal or religious belief exemptions that currently allow students to forgo shots that protect against communicable diseases.

Now, only students abstaining for medical reasons with a doctor’s approval will be able to avoid vaccinations prior to entering public or private school for the first time or in

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