State legislators weigh 2 vaccine exemption bills


OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) – While health officials have reported new cases of a measles outbreak in Washington State, lawmakers continue to weigh two measures that would prevent parents from asking for a personal or philosophical exemption to vaccination of their children of school age.

Last week, a committee of the House proposed a measure that would remove the option of philosophical exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

A Senate committee held a public hearing Wednesday on a larger bill that would remove the philosophical exemption for one of the twelve newly required vaccines.

Both bills are part of an epidemic that has sickened at least 64 people in the state, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee said the state of emergency on last month.

The Portland metropolitan area has seen four outbreak-related cases in southwestern Washington.


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