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California Lawmaker Scraps Plan For Preteen Vaccine Consent

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California lawmakers have amended a bill that would have let preteens be vaccinated without their parents’ consent. The proposal now calls for a minimum age of 15, which would still be among the lowest ages in the U.S. Before Thursday’s amendment, the bill would have allowed children age 12 and up to be vaccinated for a range of health conditions without their parents’ approval. Currently, minors age 12 to 17 in California cannot be vaccinated without permission from their parents or guardians, except for vaccinations that prevent sexually transmitted diseases. The bill’s author says the measure may not have had enough support to pass the state Assembly.