The California State Assembly unanimously passed Assemblymember Brian Maienschein's AB 2069. This bill requires the State Department of Public Health, within their current budget, to increase the ways by which the public is informed about the benefits of flu vaccinations, as well as the locations where the public may find related services.
Over three hundred people under the age of 65 died from influenza, statewide, during the last flu season. This is almost three times more than the previous year’s death toll of 106. The Assemblymember hopes to raise public awareness regarding the dangers of the flu, and the accessibility of vaccinations.
"I believe an active campaign by the state will assist in informing people about the benefits of the flu vaccination and help to prevent unnecessary deaths," said Assemblymember Maienschein.
Medical experts and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believe annual influenza vaccination is the most effective method for preventing influenza virus infection and its complications. Although vaccination coverage has increased in recent years for many groups recommended for routine vaccination, considerable room for improvement remains. The CDC estimates seasonal influenza immunization rates for individuals age 6 months and older for California is 44.2% compared to 45% nationally.
With its successful passage out of the Assembly, AB 2069 will begin to make its way through the Senate process.
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, of San Diego, represents the 77th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of 4S Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Del Dios, Del Mar Heights, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Penasquitos, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Carlos, San Pasqual Valley, Scripps Ranch, Sorrento Valley, and Tierrasanta.
—Office of Assemblymember Brian Maienschein's