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Arizona panel votes to extend vaccine exemption

A lawyer panel in Arizona voted on Thursday to approve a series of bills that extend mandatory vaccination exemptions. The Arizona House Health and Human Services Committee approved three bills of 5-4 votes along party lines, despite warnings from public health personnel, the Arizona Republic reported. Arizona parents are currently allowed to apply for non-medical "personal belief" exemption for schoolchildren's daycare through 12th grade. The bill would include "religious beliefs" exceptions and expand non-medical vaccine exemptions to include preschools, the paper reported. It also removes the requirement for parents to enter a form for the health department to receive a vaccine release for their child. Dr. Elizabeth McKenna, a pediatrician joining the Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the committee that no major religion opposes vaccination. Arizona Rep. Nancy Barto (R), the chairman of the committee who sponsored the three bills, said he had parents filling in a government form regarding a policy they disagree with is "coercion". "This lets them either sign it or make their own statement," Barto said. "We are talking about a political decision now for parents and we should attribute the best expectations to parents, not the worst." The committee's vote comes among the outbreaks of the Pacific Northwest and New York. An outbreak in Clark County, Washington, led the state to explain a public health emergency . The county has been called a "hot spot" against vaccination and had seen 64 confirmed cases from Friday, predominantly among those not immunized against…

A lawyer panel in Arizona voted on Thursday to approve a series of bills that extend mandatory vaccination exemptions.

The Arizona House Health and Human Services Committee approved three bills of 5-4 votes along party lines, despite warnings from public health personnel, the Arizona Republic reported.

Arizona parents are currently allowed to apply for non-medical “personal belief” exemption for schoolchildren’s daycare through 12th grade.

The bill would include “religious beliefs” exceptions and expand non-medical vaccine exemptions to include preschools, the paper reported. It also removes the requirement for parents to enter a form for the health department to receive a vaccine release for their child.

Dr. Elizabeth McKenna, a pediatrician joining the Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the committee that no major religion opposes vaccination.

Arizona Rep. Nancy Barto (R), the chairman of the committee who sponsored the three bills, said he had parents filling in a government form regarding a policy they disagree with is “coercion”.

“This lets them either sign it or make their own statement,” Barto said. “We are talking about a political decision now for parents and we should attribute the best expectations to parents, not the worst.”

The committee’s vote comes among the outbreaks of the Pacific Northwest and New York.

An outbreak in Clark County, Washington, led the state to explain a public health emergency . The county has been called a “hot spot” against vaccination and had seen 64 confirmed cases from Friday, predominantly among those not immunized against the infection.

The disease control center so far 2019 has seen reported cases of measles in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon and Texas.

Washington is one of 17 states that allow “philosophical-belief” vaccine exemption due to personal, moral or other beliefs according to to the National Conference of State Legislatures . Most states – 47 – allow parents to renounce vaccines for religious reasons.

Estimated 7 percent of students in Clark County were released from compulsory vaccines when they came to kindergarten by asserting personal or religious reasons in the 2017-2018 school year, according to state data.

Barto’s two other bills create more work for doctors, AZ Central reported.

One would require doctors to offer parents a blood test for antibody titers to see if the child is already immune to a disease or needs the vaccine. The critics say that the tests are unreliable and difficult to interpret.

The third measure, an informed consent bill, would require doctors to provide an additional 30 pages to parents with information on the ingredients of the vaccinations and risks. [19659002] “Providing this book without the right context and without adequate explanation can confuse and frightening parents and lead to a reduction in vaccination rates,” McKenna warned.

Barto insisted that the three bills she sponsored concern the rights of the parents. “We’re here to confirm that vaccines have a place, but it’s every parent’s individual right to determine the vaccine’s place in the baby’s life,” he says. Barto said.

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