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Minnesota is the latest state to be hit by a measles outbreak originating from children whose parents chose not to vaccinate them. The state has tracked 76 cases so far, and it could be on its way to the front lines of the fight for mandatory vaccination.

Lawmakers who want to implement stricter vaccination rules could look to California, where a 2014 a measles outbreak at Disneyland inspired a bill barring parents who don’t vaccinate their children for religious or ideological reasons from sending those children to public school. The measure faced significant opposition from anti-vaccination activists, but its sponsor attributed its success to two powerful allies: a compelling mathematical model and vocal support from pro-vaccine parents. The bill went into effect last summer, and vaccination rates have since rebounded.1

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