Oregon Legislature Approves Vaccine Education Bill

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Oregon Legislature Approves Vaccine Education Bill
Thu, 06-20-2013 - 12:03pm

One state is trying to enforce the education of parents who choose to non-vaccinate their children: 

Under Senate Bill 132, parents opting out for non-medical reasons would need to obtain the signature of a doctor or other health care practitioner certifying that the parents received immunization education, or provide a certificate confirming they'd watched an approved online educational video.

Oregon leads the nation in kindergartners whose parents have exempted them from vaccination requirements. Some schools have vaccine opt-out rates of 70 percent or more.

Read more: http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/06/oregon_house_approves_bill_tig.html


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Registered: 07-26-1999

I know another state, maybe California, was trying to do the same thing.  I think if you look, the parents that don't vaccinate their children are actually the most educated and researched.  Just because they make the decision not to vaccinate doesn't mean they aren't informed.  My question is, what happens if your doctor won't sign off on the certification?  And why do I need to pay a co-pay to go to the doctor to get a lecture on vaccinations and then have them sign off certifying they lectured me??  I would be interested to see what is involved in watching the video.   My other question is, have the schools that have rates of up to 70% non-vaccination rate had any higher incident of outbreaks of any kind?