Adopted May 2015 – Health Commission

California State PTA believes in the importance of preventing and eliminating factors that may be detrimental to the health, safety and well-being of all children, families and youth.

Recognizing that any circumstance that interferes with a child’s potential to become a healthy, educated, productive, citizen places that child at risk, California State PTA believes prevention programs are vital.

California State PTA believes that vaccination is a proven deterrent to diseases that in previous generations have impacted large numbers of children annually in the past.

Despite the rather short history of vaccination, compared with the millennia of various human plagues and pestilences, more than a dozen major infectious diseases (most notably, smallpox, poliomyelitis, rabies, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b disease, measles, mumps, and rubella) have been controlled in many parts of the world. (Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 201, Issue 11)

California State PTA believes that all children, with the exception of those who are medically vulnerable, must receive the prescribed vaccinations in the age-appropriate timeline, in order to protect themselves, their families, their communities, and medically vulnerable children.

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