Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

  • As his mother Wenyi Zhang holds him, one-year-old Abel Zhang looks at the book being given him by Dr. Lauren Lawler, right, as his grandmother Ding Hong helps with his clothes moments after the child received the last of three inoculations, including a vaccine for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), at the International Community Health Services Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Seattle. A recent measles outbreak has sickened dozens of people in the Pacific Northwest, most in Washington state and, of those, most are concentrated in Clark County, just north of Portland, Oregon. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency over the outbreak last month. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers advanced a measure Friday that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccinating their school-age children for measles as the Pacific Northwest struggles with an outbreak of the contagious virus.

The House Health Care and Wellness Committee approved House Bill 1638 on a 10-5 vote. The full House could vote on it in the coming weeks.

The legislation comes amid an outbreak that has sickened more than 50 people in the Pacific Northwest and led Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. Health officials have reported at least 54 known cases in Washington state and four in Oregon.

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

Washington now allows vaccination exemptions for children at public or private schools or licensed day-care centers based on medical, religious and personal or philosophical beliefs. Unless an exemption is claimed, a child is required to be vaccinated against or show proof of acquired immunity for nearly a dozen diseases — including polio, whooping cough and mumps — before they can attend school or a child care center.

Hundreds of people who oppose ending the exemptions, including environmental activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., showed up at a public hearing on the legislation last week.

A broader measure introduced in the state Senate, which would not allow personal or philosophical exemptions to be granted for any required school vaccinations, is scheduled for a public hearing next Wednesday.

Four percent of Washington secondary school students have non-medical vaccine exemptions, the state Department of Health said. Of those, 3.7 percent of the exemptions are personal, and the rest are religious.

In Clark County — an area just north of Portland, Oregon, where all but one of the Washington cases are concentrated — 6.7 percent of kindergartners had a non-medical exemption for the 2017-18 school year, health officials said.

California removed personal belief vaccine exemptions for children in both public and private schools in 2015 after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the U.S. and into Canada. Vermont also abandoned its personal exemption in 2015.

1 Comments
  1. Charlie Chimknee February 16, 2019 8:35 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    The year 1950: Measles, Mumps, and Chicken Pox outbreak occurs in schools and neighborhoods and parents have Kiddie Parties Declared offering the children if they interact at the parties a temporary non lethal illness but a lifetime of immunity from same; and no doctor disease care is used or required, nor money spent on doctors, drugs, hospitals, or pharmacies.

    20, 40, 60, 70 years later, to today, all previous infected children have no re-occurrence or re-infection, or complication from these childhood diseases they were NOT Vaccinated for, much less later in life as adults suffering facial deformities from the mumps, or surgical intervention for the swollen face of an adult who contracts mumps after the short lived 20 year immunity offered by vaccinations.

    Nor are there female sterility problems suffered by the short 20 year immunity of the measles vaccinated victims.

    Fast forward to today, and not only has the Big 4 of Disease Care (Insurance Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies, Hospitals, and doctors), jumped on the Disease SCare and Drug Sales Program, but also now with adequate lobbyist monies available, even governments are participating in Disease SCare with demands on parents to vaccinate their children against their parental wishes, their knowledge, the generations and decades of experience with Natural Health, a proven track record of Health success, and God Given Parental Rights over their children vs. pseudo Dictator government rights and just some doctors’ recommendations over ones children; and the profit driven and the actua limited puny education of the Big 4 of Disease SCare who want laboratory and factory made chemicals injected into your children.

    All this brought to you by the American Disease SCare System that ranks 37th in the world as to quality of Health Care, but is Number 1 in the cost of [health] Disease Care demonstrating how money is #1 in America when it comes to Disease Care. Capitalism’s profit driven philosophy does have its deleterious side effects.

    While Vaccinations are on the rise, so too are the number of children with Autism, Autism is becoming epidemic in our society, a tragedy for the sake of vaccine experimentations. So far no one can prove that vaccines do not cause Autism, but there is much evidence that says Vaccines do cause Autism, yet the Disease SCare Industry pushes vaccines on our children more and more with more and more government control over our precious children.

    Not since government experimentation with humans used as guinea pigs by Dr. Mengele during World War 2, have we seen such harm to our children. And he was eventually hunted for War Crimes. Now our elected and appointed officials are participating and acting as Co-conspirators pushing these experiments.

    More Education is a Solution to this Resolution.

    Medical Disease SCare is fastly and vastly replacing Health Care.

    Health Care is something to seek and partake in daily both at home and in your daily activities, especially food shopping. Health Care is not found in Pharmacies, Hospitals, or Doctor offices. Disease SCare is something to Avoid at All Cost.

    Never forget, laboratory chemicals are not nutrients, they are foreign antigens, that the body must rid itself of. Those chemicals for some reason are put in our foods. Read the labels.

    Mahalo,

    Charles


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