Measures Prohibiting Vaccine Exclusion in Oregon and Washington States Failed Miserably

Oregon and Washington State failed governmental efforts in pressuring parents to get their kids vaccinated last Wednesday as a result by a measles outbreak at Disneyland.

 Democratic Gov. Kate Brown sustains Oregon’s measure allowing exception from immunizations only for medical reasons, and not for religious, philosophical or personal reasons. Only other states that have equivalent laws in place are Mississippi and West Virginia.

 A comparable attempt to eliminate personal or philosophical conflict to vaccines as an endorsed release from childhood school immunizations faded in the state House after failing to come up for a vote before a key deadline. Religious and medical exemptions would have remained under that bill in Washington.

Rep. June Robinson of Washington supports it and said she didn’t have the votes she needed. The advocate from Everett said the repulse from parents and others opposed to the change had an effect on some politicians.

 “There was a very loud outcry, much of which was filled with false information,” she said.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward of Portland, Oregon bill’s sponsor said disagreement mostly revolved around who was right or wrong about the benefits of vaccines and decided not to follow the legislation.

 Steiner Hayward’s chief of staff Paige Spence, says “she strongly believes that making personal choices such as whether or not to vaccinate children are largely a matter of privacy, but — as with all matters of personal choice — we have to be certain that our choices don’t impinge on our neighbors’ health and well-being”.

 At Disneyland in December, people athwart the country fell sick from a measles outbreak that’s why several other states have been considering similar bills excluding personal and philosophical exemptions to vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 142 people from seven states, one from Oregon and two from Washington, were linked to the outbreak.

Three California lawmakers initiated the legislation in February, that would necessitate parents to vaccinate their children before they enter school unless they can’t for medical reasons.

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has recommended he’ll sustain the bill but it has yet to come up before a committee.

 Last month, an assembly of lawmakers declared plans to initiate legislation in Vermont eliminating the philosophical exclusion for parents Who don’t want their kids immunized. Two bills in Maine, one is removing philosophical exclusions and one that aims to make it harder for parents to get that exclusion, are awaiting for a public hearing.

Oregon passed a law last year requiring parents with kindergartners to consult with a health professional or observe a one-hour instructive video before shots are waived. Steiner Hayward also supported that bill to strengthen the state’s immunizations requirements.


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