The Hill is reporting Wednesday that hundreds of families opposed to vaccinations gathered in the California Capitol to protest a bill that would give the state control over which children are exempt from mandatory vaccinations.
A packed, heated (figuratively and literally) noisy crowd stands outside @DrPanMD’s Senate Committee on Health. #SB276 is up for debate. The bill cracks down on authorizing vaccine medical exemptions. pic.twitter.com/qDR7JQwgWc
— Hannah Wiley (@hannahcwiley) April 24, 2019
The protests came the same day federal health officials declared that measles cases in the U.S. have reached an all-time high since the disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.
The spike in cases has been driven partially by the spread of misinformation about vaccines and resulting skepticism about vaccinating children.
There sure are a lot of people crowded into that hallway.
Very very smart to all congregate together in a small place. Good job.
— The Glare (@TheGlare_TM) April 24, 2019
Oh good they can all infect one another.
— Pat Kelley 🐋 (@gritmonger) April 24, 2019
Doesn't seem like a good idea…..
— Jeff von Doom (@PierreDeMarcoXV) April 24, 2019
Glove up and put your masks on.
— Murry (@Murry57) April 25, 2019
JFC. Couldn't they have done this in an empty field somewhere??
— OUFENIX (D) (@oufenix) April 24, 2019
Good stay in that room and infect each other and stay away from my kids
— Jackie Stimac (@jackie_stimac) April 24, 2019
Imagine the measles in that room
— Thames Darwin (@thamesdarwin) April 24, 2019
That many unvaccinated people probably shouldn't gather in a group. Just a thought.
— Rob2336🇺🇸 (@RobG2336) April 25, 2019
That would be a frighteningly ignorant place to be right now, not to mention potentially deadly.
— Carly Norman (@carlymnorman) April 24, 2019
I see potential measles, influenza (in all it's various forms), and countless other infectious outbreaks coming out of this "gathering".
Someone fumigate the hallway please.
Also, restrict flights from California's capitol area airports for the next 48 hours please. Thanks 😉
— Alan Owens (@trykzy4866) April 24, 2019
I hope they were immediately isolated.
— Christy Allison (@christyallison) April 25, 2019
"Hundreds of new measles cases confirmed at California Capitol today…"
— Emerald Drͫaͣgͨoͬnͦ (@Tyrnn) April 25, 2019
Good place for an aerosol vaccine.
— John D. Burns (@johnburnsnc) April 25, 2019
I'd be terrified to be in this room. Lysol anyone? Just for comfort.
— Xenia QueenB (@XeniaB16) April 24, 2019
— Paul Jason Meyer (@Mulwin444) April 25, 2019
Quick! Let’s build a wall around them!
— Just Jen (@jls19723) April 24, 2019
Now if only we could coordinate someone with the flu or measles to walk through that hall.
— Mitchell Gore (@lestatdelc) April 24, 2019
One person with the flu could clean out that place
— Doug Edwards (@sportsdad63) April 25, 2019
I'm sure it's perfectly safe for that elderly woman in that wheelchair to be there.
— OldTowneTavern (@Dhppy) April 25, 2019
Hopefully none of them are pregnant.
— Don't stan for white supremacy 👊 (@LeciaMichelle11) April 24, 2019
Personally, I’m proud that our culture has defeated so many diseases that used to be plagues.
— John C. Addington (@Old_History_Guy) April 25, 2019
— Hans M Schneider (@HansHans68) April 25, 2019
I haven’t seen that much crazy since the 2016 Democratic convention.
— Gary Hickey (@scifi0425) April 24, 2019
They have a right to their opinions. I have a right to a healthy community. Why don’t we find them a safe place far, far away where they can all live together in a happy, microbial sea?
— Laura Wright (@LCW9217) April 25, 2019
'You're a disgrace': What Jim Carrey did to push his anti-vaxxer crap is truly 'disgusting' http://t.co/HEEQNmnwgi
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 2, 2015