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House to vote on controversial vaccine bill

The bill would make routine childhood vaccinations a condition of attending Oregon public schools unless a student has a doctor's note.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 11:58 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House is set to vote on tougher rules for childhood vaccinations as the nation faces the highest number of measles cases since 1994.

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means voted 13-7 Friday to make routine childhood vaccinations a condition of attending Oregon public schools unless a student has a doctor's note. The measure will now go to the House for full consideration.

Lawmakers grappled with where to draw the line between public safety and individual rights as hundreds of parents flooded the capitol this week to voice their opposition. Legislators say they were flooded with at least 2,000 emails from the opposition before the Friday vote.

Unvaccinated children would still be able to attend online school under the bill, but they could not go to in-person school-related activities.

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