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 …

Hearing revives vaccine debate in Oregon Legislature

Hearing revives vaccine debate in Oregon Legislature

Statesman Journal 04/10/2015 By Saerom Yoo After a controversial bill designed to take away parents’ option to claim nonmedical exemptions from school shots fizzled, its sponsor has come back with a bill that tries to find a middle ground between Oregon’s relatively lax school immunization law and the stricter boundaries that were originally …

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. …

Oregon senator to propose new school vaccine policy

Oregon senator to propose new school vaccine policy

StatesmanJournal.com March 11, 2015 By Saerom Yoo Oregon legislators are backing off a proposal that would have made it tougher for school children to opt out of vaccinations. Instead, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward said Wednesday she will propose a different policy that would encourage more school children to get vaccinated but continue to allow nonmedical …