Oregon Makes it More Difficult to Refuse Vaccination

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Last week, the Oregon senate passed a bill that would make it more difficult for parents to refuse to vaccinate their children. This is a very good thing.


Of all the states in the country, Oregon has the worst vaccination rate. In the state, 6.4 percent of parents get a vaccine exemption, and that’s up from 5.8 percent last year. This number was less than two percent in 2001. Right now, state law requires that children be vaccinated to go to public and private school, as well as to use certified child care facilities. But parents can seek an exemption based on either a medical or religious concerns. Lots of Oregonian parents are choosing to forgo vaccinations because they erroneously believe that vaccines are dangerous.

For the uninitiated, this entire problem started back in 1998 with the publication of a study by Andrew Wakefield that purported to link the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study was, however, not just shoddy, but downright fraudulent. Studies conducted since Wakefield’s have found no link between vaccines and ASD, but that hasn’t kept the myth from growing roots in the minds of parents around the world.

This new bill targets the non-medical immunization exemptions. Parents who want a religious-based exemption would have to consult directly with a doctor or watch an educational video about the risks and benefits of vaccines. Then, if the parents choose to withhold the vaccinations from their children, they will have to provide proof of that of the educational consultation to schools and day cares before they enroll their child.

Written By: Mindy Townsend
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  1. With so much information available for the asking,and the evidence that modern medicine works all around us,this attitude is amazing.One can understand and sympathise with people who have no access to such information.But in America! Really!Poor kids.

    • In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      With so much information available for the asking,and the evidence that modern medicine works all around us,this attitude is amazing.One can understand and sympathise with people who have no access to such information.But in America! Really!Poor kids.

      There is quite a lot of bad information available too. People are afraid of Evil corporations. Sometimes they should be. I can sympathize.

      • I agree.That is true.Which is why it behooves us to learn to think critically.Religion certainly does not help.In reply to #3 by zengardener:

        In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

        With so much information available for the asking,and the evidence that modern medicine works all around us,this attitude is amazing.One can understand and sympathise with people who have no access to such information.But in America! Really!Poor kids….

    • In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      With so much information available for the asking,and the evidence that modern medicine works all around us,this attitude is amazing.One can understand and sympathise with people who have no access to such information.But in America! Really!Poor kids.

      I wonder how much social history they are taught in school. Do they actually know what it was like even in the 20th century, before mass vaccination was introduced after the war? TB killing millions, polio rampant, EVERY little child getting measles, whooping cough, mumps, rubella, chicken pox etc., with all the attendant complications that can follow, even half a lifetime later. Interestingly the same nonsense was talked about the compulsory smallpox inoculation in the 19th and early 20th century…and now smallpox has been eliminated!

      • In reply to #7 by Kevin Murrell:

        I wonder how much social history they are taught in school. Do they actually know what it was like even in the 20th century, before
        mass vaccination was introduced after the war?

        Isn’t there some saying, or quote that would apply here? Hmm, it escapes me. Something about forgetting the past …

        • In reply to #8 by serfdood:

          In reply to #7 by Kevin Murrell:

          I wonder how much social history they are taught in school. Do they actually know what it was like even in the 20th century, before
          mass vaccination was introduced after the war?

          Isn’t there some saying, or quote that would apply here? Hmm, it escapes me. Something about forgetting the past…

          A disconnect with the past – paragraph two

  2. I wonder if it might be more effective to pass a law allowing medical insurance companies to void coverage retroactively for children who aren’t vaccinated (with exemptions for genuine medical conditions). As always: Go for the money and their hearts will follow.

    • In reply to #5 by ANTIcarrot:

      I wonder if it might be more effective to pass a law allowing medical insurance companies to void coverage retroactively for children who aren’t vaccinated (with exemptions for genuine medical conditions). As always: Go for the money and their hearts will follow.

      I wonder why they don’t already? I don’t know the ins-and-outs of the US insurance system but I do know my cats’ insurance is voided if the problem is related to a vaccine preventable disease or poor dental hygiene since they want you to do all you can preventatively. I realise there’s a difference between that and denying all cover based on immunisation status though. Personally I’m still a bit wary of removing all blocks protecting kids from parental stupidity. Sorry, 30 years of the NHS talking…

      • The problem with that is that it’s not the kids’ fault. They shouldn’t be made to suffer because their parents/guardians are imbeciles.

        In reply to #6 by Docjitters:

        In reply to #5 by ANTIcarrot:

        I wonder if it might be more effective to pass a law allowing medical insurance companies to void coverage retroactively for children who aren’t vaccinated (with exemptions for genuine medical conditions). As always: Go for the money and their hearts will follow.

        I wo…

  3. Barring supervening medical reasons for not being vaccinated (such as a compromised immune system, say), unvaccinated children should simply not be allowed to associate with other children in pre-schools, playgroups, schools etc.

    I know it is not the childrens’ fault that they were born with abusive parents, but if it takes a sledgehammer to make these parents understand how abusive they are being, so be it.

    • Sadly, in this case, it’s the uber “liberals” that are the problem. Yeah, they’re progressive in most ways, but they also let their rampant fear of everything remotely related to corporations. These are the same people who are terrified of GMO without reason, or even knowing what it is. This is one case where my fellow progressives often embarrass me a bit. If it’s not “natural”, it’s evil. ::sigh::
      …Every once in awhile, there are places where the uber left and uber right smash into one another and believe the same crazy thing for different crazy reasons. :/

      In reply to #10 by esmith4102:

      Despite the various concentration of rednecks, Oregon is a forward thinking progressive state. Too bad nearby red states, along with their credulous masses, won’t observe and learn.

  4. I absolutely hate other people telling me how I must live. I truly enjoy the freedom to be stupid (riding motorcycle without helmet, etc.). I say mind your own business and let evolution do it’s thing.

  5. In reply to #15 by bluebird:

    In reply to #8 by serfdood:

    In reply to #7 by Kevin Murrell:

    I wonder how much social history they are taught in school. Do they actually know what it was like even in the 20th century, before
    mass vaccination was introduced after the war?

    Isn’t there some saying, or quote that would apply here…

    Very good paragraph, though I’m not too sure about being “well into old age.” There’s lead in the old pencil yet!

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