A Arizona legislative panel on Thursday voted to approve a series of bills extending the exemptions for compulsory vaccinations.
The Arizona Health and Humanitarian Committee approved three bills for 5-4 votes per party line, despite warnings from state health officials, Arizona reports. personal beliefs "exemption from vaccinations for students in kindergarten up to 12th grade.
The bill will include exceptions for "religious beliefs" and extend exceptions to non-medical vaccines to include pre-school children, the newspaper said. It also removes the requirement for parents to sign a public health form to obtain a vaccine release for their child.
Arizona Rep. parents fill a government form with a policy that they do not agree with is a "coercion". "It allows them to either sign or make their own statement," Barto said. "We are talking about a political solution now for the parents and we have to give the best expectations of the parents, not the worst."
The committee's vote is against the outbreaks of measles in the Northwest Pacific and the State of New York. in Clark County, Washington, has led the state to declare an emergency in the field of public health . The county is called a "hot spot" for anti-vaccination and has seen 64 confirmed cases on Friday, mostly among those not immunized against the infection.
The Center for Disease Control, so far in 2019, has seen reports of measles in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, and Texas.
Washington is one of the 17 states that allow "philosophical beliefs" about vaccination due to personal, moral or other beliefs according to of the National Conference of State Legislators The majority of states – 47 – allow parents to give up vaccines for religious reasons.
Approximately 7% of Clark County students are exempt from compulsory vaccines when they enter the kindergarten, claiming personal or religious reasons in 2017 –
The other two Barto's accounts create more work for doctors, AZ Central reported.
One of the doctors is to ask doctors to offer their parents a "blood tittle" blood test to see if the child is already immune to illness or needs the vaccine. Critics say the tests are unreliable and difficult to interpret.
The Third Measure, an informed consent bill, will require doctors to provide additional 30 pages of parents with information on ingredients in vaccines and risks. "Providing this book without proper context and without adequate explanation can confuse and threaten parents and lead to a drop in vaccination rates," McKenna warned.
Barto insists that the three bills he sponsors are for parental rights. The measures do not assess the positives or negatives of the vaccinations, the Republican MP said.
"We are here to admit that vaccines have a place but the individual right of each parent to decide the place of the vaccine in a child's life," Barto said.