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 …

Oregon vaccine exemption rates down 17%; new senate bill on vaccine policy unnecessary and overreaching

Oregon vaccine exemption rates down 17%; new senate bill on vaccine policy unnecessary and overreaching

For Immediate Release May 4, 2015 PORTLAND—Oregonians for Medical Freedom, a coalition of over 3,000 educators, medical professionals, and parents, applaud the success of SB 132A; call the new bill SB 895, currently being considered by the Ways and Means Committee, an unnecessary bureaucratic policy. On Friday, May 1, the Oregon Health Authority announced …

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 …