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Some States Making It Harder for Parents to Opt Out of Vaccinations — Physician’s First Watch

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January 7, 2014

Some States Making It Harder for Parents to Opt Out of Vaccinations

By Amy Orciari Herman

Parents in Colorado may soon need to undergo counseling on the benefits and risks of vaccination before they decide to skip immunizing their children for nonmedical reasons, the Wall Street Journal reports. Over 4% of Colorado children were exempt from vaccinations last school year — at the same time, the state saw a spike in pertussis cases.

Other states are taking similar measures. For example, Oregon, beginning in March, will require parents seeking exemptions to listen to a scientific presentation about vaccine's pros and cons, with a focus on immunization as a "community prevention tool."

Officials blame the recent rise in measles cases to "pockets of low vaccination rates," the WSJ notes.

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Anne Veneziano, JD Other, Other, Pepper Pike, Ohio

I am a mental health attorney who believes that, with all due respect to individual rights, the law should require vaccinations for all citizens and for those residing in this country. In the alternative, the law should require parents to have their children vaccinated. The failure to protect ourselves and our children may have global infectious disease impact. It just makes good sense to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

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