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February 6, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Inslee supports bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he supports a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children.

Inslee said Thursday that the bill introduced in the House this week is an important strategy to improve vaccination rates in Washington state.

Currently, Washington state allows school vaccination exemptions for medical, personal or religious beliefs.

Late Wednesday, Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, introduced House Bill 2009, which would remove the personal or philosophical belief allowance for an exemption.

The move comes amid a measles outbreak that has sickened more than 100 people across the U.S., including in Washington state, and in Mexico. No deaths have been reported.

National immunization data from 2013 show 71 percent of Washington children between ages 19-35 months have received all of their shots on time.

The bill has the support of the Washington State Medical Association.

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