With the number of reported measles cases in the Pacific Northwest having climbed to 52, Washington state lawmakers are considering making vaccinations mandatory for school age children.
A bill introduced Friday in the state's capitol seeks to override parental objections to vaccinations based on personal, philosophical or religious beliefs. Apparently, the idea didn't sit well with hundreds of parents, who gathered outside the House Health Care and Wellness Committee chambers to protest the proposed initiative. As the law currently stands, children are required to be vaccinated against nearly a dozen diseases -- measles included -- unless their parents opt out.
Should immunizations be required by law? Does telling parents what's best for their children set a bad precedent?
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Kids like Ethan Lindenberger, 18, Norwalk, Ohio, are slamming their parents and getting their vaccinations.
Have you heard about the cases Philippines? In just more than a month, over 4,000 people have contracted measles with 70 people reported deaths because of the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says, "that misinformation and anti-vaccination groups have caused a rise in cases of vaccine-preventable viral disease measles around the world."