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WHAT IS SB 276?
SB 276 is new legislation designed to take away medical exemptions from the 0.7% of medically fragile children in the state of California. This new bill would deny thousands of California children with vaccine injuries their promised protection through medical exemptions by restricting language to only include anaphylaxis or near-death. Children who experience seizures, encephalitis, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal damage, and autoimmune disorders will not be protected by our state from further medical damage.
FRAUDULENT MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS?
NO FRAUD FOUND.
A 2018 study that reviewed medical exemptions in California after SB277 showed that the majority of the 60 medical board complaint cases that investigated medical exemptions were closed because of no violations found, insufficient evidence to pursue disciplinary action, or lack of supporting evidence.
The study, conducted from 34 interviews with health officers across the state, reported that most participants found few or no medical exemptions that they believed were problematic. Exemptions labeled as "suspicious" were because doctor-provided reasoning did not fit the extremely narrow list of CDC contraindications. However, according to state law, "family medical history for which the physician does not recommend immunization" IS a legally valid reason for writing a medical exemption.
MEDICAL BOARD COMPLAINTS
To date, the California Medical Board has received 60 complaints regarding medical exemptions since the implementation of SB277. A majority of cases have been closed because of no violations being found, insufficient evidence to pursue disciplinary action or the inability to proceed because of a lack of supporting evidence.
(K. Kirchmeyer, personal)
60 COMPLAINTS --- MAJORITY DISMISSED --- NO VIOLATIONS
WHAT ABOUT "FRAUDULENT"
GETTING A MEDICAL EXEMPTION IS
NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE
Few doctors will write medical exemptions, even for cases they feel are medically necessary, due to fear of being unjustly punished by the medical board -- even though SB277 authors promised the medical board "would not go after doctors." There are only a limited number of brave doctors in the state of California who will write valid medical exemptions for vaccine-injured patients and their at-risk siblings.
MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS INCLUDE ONLY 0.7%
OF CHILDREN IN CALIFORNIA
"PROBLEMATIC" MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS?
THESE CHILDREN NEED TO BE PROTECTED
If a handful of invalid exemptions exist, the CA Medical Board should address them individually without punishing all of the medically-fragile children in California with legitimate medical exemptions written by doctors who followed the law.
Vaccine-injured genetically susceptible children, and their at-risk siblings need to be protected with medical exemptions, and licensed physicians are the only ones qualified to write them.
All pharmaceuticals have side effects.
*If there are any invalid medical exemptions found, the CA Medical Board can address them individually under current law -- without punishing the rest of the medically-fragile children with legitimate exemptions.
CA HEALTH OFFICERS FOUND FEW OR NO PROBLEMATIC EXEMPTIONS
CALL YOUR LEGISLATORS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON SB276
Data provided by Melissa Floyd.
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