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Parents want strict vaccination laws for their kids

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In the aftermath of the headline grabbing measles outbreak that rocked portions of the western U.S. earlier this year, there has been a renewed interest in the effectiveness of vaccines.

Especially in California.

“While there has been a surge in vaccinations amid intense media focus on the issue, health officials say the immunization problems are so bad in some communities that a major outbreak could easily happen again,” The Los Angeles Times reported in April.

To combat what has been widely reported as a growing problem of unvaccinated children, the state of California has recently passed a law greatly limiting the exemptions parents can use to leave their children unvaccinated while attending public school.

According to CBS, California’s new legislation, which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last month, is “one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country.” The law, of course, has come with plenty of controversy among those who argue vaccinating children can have damaging side effects.

But a majority of the country largely approves of California's approach, at least according to a recent poll by YouGov:

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According to the poll, 61 percent of all Americans approve of “state laws that require children to have vaccinations but do not grant exceptions based on religious or personal beliefs.”

As the poll also found, though there was some difference along partisan lines, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats support such laws. Interestingly, it’s those registered as Independents that are less supportive of strict vaccines laws — though support still tops 50 percent.

JJ Feinauer is a writer for Deseret News National. Email: jfeinauer@deseretdigital.com, Twitter: jjfeinauer.