San Franciscans and Californians should support the elimination of the public belief exemption (PBE) for vaccines to protect the health and safety of all Californians.
All credible sources agree: Vaccinations are safe, and necessary to keep our public healthy. In fact, the Supreme Court, in Jacobson v. Massachusetts, ruled that mandatory vaccines are allowed, with the understanding that public health concerns outweigh individual beliefs. Vaccinations are clearly a public health concern. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over the last 2 decades, vaccines prevented 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths, and saved $295 billion in direct medical costs and $1.3 trillion in societal costs. Continue reading →