The So-Called Vaccine Debate: False Balance in The San Diego Union-Tribune

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The consequences of smallpox.

The San Diego Union-Tribune (UT) recently published two opinion pieces on vaccine mandates, responding to California Senate Bill 277 which removed the “personal belief” exemption to vaccine requirements for children entering into day care, elementary or secondary schools. The Bill was passed by the California Legislature in 2015:

Mark Sawyer, MD is a professor of clinical pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the


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