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Dianne Feinstein Biography

US Senator (D-CA)
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"

“We write today to ask that you and other appropriate state officials reconsider California’s policy on vaccine exemptions…

While a small number of children cannot be vaccinated due to an underlying medical condition, we believe there should be no such thing as a philosophical or personal belief exemption, since everyone uses public spaces. As we have learned in the past month, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children not only put their own family at risk, but they also endanger other families who choose to vaccinate.

California’s current law allows two options for parents to opt out of vaccine requirements for school and daycare: they must either make this decision with the aid of a health professional, or they can simply check a box claiming that they have religious objections to medical care. We think both options are flawed, and oppose even the notion of a medical professional assisting to waive a vaccine requirement unless there is a medical reason, such as an immune deficiency.

Furthermore, recent reports have shown that the problem is not limited to parents opting out of all vaccinations. There is also a growing trend of parents failing to follow full vaccine schedules and schools and daycare centers failing to track those families that have pledged to get the required vaccines after the year begins. We think that under your leadership, California can change this practice and reassure families that all children are safe at schools, daycare centers, and in other public places.”

Cowritten with Barbara Boxer, “Boxer, Feinstein Urge California Health and Human Services Secretary to Reconsider State’s Policy on Vaccine Exemptions,”, Feb. 4, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 2009-present
  • Member, Senate Committee on Appropriations
  • Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Member, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
  • US Senator, 1992-present
  • Co-Chair, San Francisco Education Fund’s Permanent Fund, 1988-1989
  • Director, Bank of California, 1988-1989
  • Mayor of San Francisco, 1978-1988
  • Acting Mayor of San Francisco, 1978
  • Former Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Former President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Member, San Francisco Committee on Crime, 1968
  • Member, California Women’s Board of Parole, 1960-1966
  • BA, Stanford University, 1955
  • Twitter handle: @SenFeinstein
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?