Critics: Oregon bill could shame vaccine-averse parents

Critics: Oregon bill could shame vaccine-averse parents

Statesman Journal by Saerom Yoo In the wake of newly released numbers indicating Oregon’s vaccination rate has improved, opponents of the latest vaccine legislation are saying it is “unnecessary and overreaching.” The rate of Oregon kindergarteners who had been opted out of required school shots for personal belief reasons had been climbing steadily …

Vaccine controversy: Oregon senator’s school bill renews exemption fight

Vaccine controversy: Oregon senator’s school bill renews exemption fight

The Oregonian 04/10/2015 By Denis Theirault SALEM — A bill that would require Oregon schools to publish their immunization rates has reinvigorated what’s been a white-hot — and sometimes ugly — legislative debate over vaccine exemptions. Senate Bill 895‘s chief sponsor, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton, told …

Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest

Bills Banning Most Vaccine Exemptions Fail in Northwest

ABCNews.com SALEM, Ore. – Mar 11, 2015 By SHEILA V KUMAR and RACHEL LA CORTE Associated Press Legislative efforts to increase pressure on parents to get their kids vaccinated failed in Oregon and Washington state Wednesday amid stiff opposition as a handful of other statehouses consider similar bills prompted by a measles outbreak at Disneyland. …

Senator drops Oregon vaccine mandate bill

Senator drops Oregon vaccine mandate bill

Statesman Journal March 11, 2015 By Saerom Yoo Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a family physician who led the charge for strengthening Oregon’s school immunization law, will no longer pursue the legislation, a staffer said today. Senate Bill 442, which has had one public hearing and attracted national attention, would have eliminated religious …