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By Madeline Coats
WNPA Olympia News Bureau 

Law would eliminate vaccine objection

 

February 27, 2019



A proposed bill would eliminate the philosophical or personal objection used to exempt children from vaccines required to attend schools in Washington state.

Senate Bill 5841 is co-sponsored by a group of 10 Democratic senators and introduced by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver.

There is a current measles outbreak in Clark County with 62 confirmed cases, Cleveland said. Gov. Jay Inslee declared a public health emergency in Clark County on Jan. 18.

“This outbreak threatens the health of not only unvaccinated children, but those that cannot receive vaccinations,” said Cleveland at a public hearing on Wednesday.

Under the bill, a child would be prohibited from attending a school or li...



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