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February 17, 2015 at 7:11 AM

House committee considers bill to limit vaccine exemptions

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A House committee held a public hearing on a bill that would remove philosophical opposition as an acceptable reason for parents to not vaccinate their school-age children, drawing at least two dozen opponents to the proposed change.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. June Robinson, was heard before the House Health Care & Wellness Committee Tuesday morning.

Currently, Washington allows school vaccination exemptions for medical, religious and personal or philosophical beliefs. House Bill 2009 removes the personal or philosophical belief allowance for an exemption.

The measure, which has the support of the Washington State Medical Association and Gov. Jay Inslee, comes following 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.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington is among 20 states that allow for personal belief exemptions and 48 that allow for religious exemptions.

 

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