Senate Bill 1407 - Vaccine Misinformation

March 16, 2020

Summary:

Senate Bill 1407 would require the State Department of Public Health to develop and make available written materials identifying federal resources on vaccines. This bill would require physicians to provide these written materials to a child’s parent or guardian before a vaccine is administered. This bill would provide parents with access to relevant research and information regarding vaccinations their child may receive.

Issue Background:

More people than ever have received mandatory vaccines because of recent vaccine-related legislation.

Both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration produce advisory guidelines and informational tools to help parents make informed decisions about their child’s preventative medical treatment. SB 1407 will connect California families with that information.

There is a growing concern for misinformation claims surrounding vaccines and their safety.

The intent of SB 1407 is to give parents and patients as much information as possible about the vaccinations they are required to receive.

According to The Hill, “The CDC has warned that the growing availability of misinformation surrounding vaccines could cause parents to delay or refuse vaccines.”  The article also quoted Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, “We're working with CDC…it's a total Health and Human Services effort, and we're all out there trying to combat this misinformation”.