Washington lawmakers weigh vaccine bill amid measles outbreak

DownloadI had both measles and mumps as a kid. I’m just fine. 

Current statistics from the CDC say that 19 people out of 1,000,000 die of the measles. And 1 in 10,000 die of the MMR vaccine. 

And in the case of the MMR shot, 1 in 640 kids experience a seizure. That is 5x higher than the rate of seizures from measles alone. 

I understand why parents would hesitate to get their kids inoculated. 

Here’s my question for the pro-vaccine parents: you want your kids immunized? Fine. Get them immunized. 

If someone comes to school and hasn’t been immunized, who does that hurt? Your kids? No, their kids (allegedly). 

The is more of the nanny state at work. 

Hundreds turn out to voice opposition to bill removing parental ability to claim exemption to vaccinations

Hundreds of people opposed to the measure lined up more than an hour before the start of the hearing before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, many wearing stickers with the bill number, HB 1638, within a crossed out circle. 

Susie Corgan, with Informed Choice Washington, said after the hearing that parents who are worried about their children having adverse reactions to vaccines have a right to philosophical exemptions.

“Where there is risk, there must be choice, and there is risk with this vaccine as there is with any other medical procedure,” she said.
Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions, according to the state Department of Health. Of those, 3.7 percent of the exemptions are personal, with the remainder being religious exemptions. In Clark County, 6.7 percent of kindergartners had a non-medical exemption for the 2017-18 school year, according to health officials.

Washington is among 17 states, including Oregon, that allow some type of non-medical exemption for vaccines for “personal, moral or other beliefs,” according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.


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