In California, back-to-school checklists may soon include more than backpacks and binders. According to an article in Monday’s Los Angeles Times, Governor Jerry Brown is contemplating a bill that would make vaccines for measles, whooping cough and other diseases a must for nearly all schoolchildren in his state. Only children with certain medical conditions would get a pass.
The bill, not surprisingly, is contentious. One naysayer is actor and anti-vaccine activist Jim Carrey. Carrey tweeted a photo of a 14-year-old boy with autism earlier this week along with a message implying that vaccines caused the boy’s condition. An article published Wednesday in BuzzFeed reports that Carrey did not have permission from the family to post the picture. The boy’s mother says that her son’s autism is, in fact, rooted in a genetic disorder called tuberous sclerosis. Carrey “is misrepresenting my son’s image by attaching it to his anti-vax rant,” she told BuzzFeed. Carrey has since deleted the photo, but not before it was retweeted some 600 times.
Governor Brown’s deadline for making a decision on the bill is 13 July.