Oregon has the highest rate of non-medical immunization exemptions for kindergartners in the U.S. During the past ten years, the state has seen a doubling in immunization exemption rates for children. This high exemption rate could increase the incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough.
Although most parents understand the importance of immunizing their children, the exemption rates for non-immunized children are increasing. Often parents seek information online about vaccines; information that is often inaccurate and incomplete. This legislation will ensure parents receive credible, medically-based information about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases.
FACT: In 2012, Oregon had more than 800 cases of pertussis, the highest rate since the 1950s.
FACT: For the 2011-12 school year, the non-medical exemption rate was as high as 76% in some Oregon schools.
SUPPORTERS SPEAK OUT!
Immunization Action Coalition - 3/13/13
Oregon Medical Association - 2/19/13
Oregon Health & Science University, Department of Pediatrics - 2/19/13
The Oregon Pediatric Society - 2/19/13
Oregon Health & Science University, Division of Infectious Diseases - 2/18/13
Moms Who Vax
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregonians for Healthy Children
HOW YOU CAN HELP
SEND A LETTER TO YOUR LEGISLATOR AND LOCAL MEDIA CONTACT
CLICK HERE to send a letter in support of SB 132. We have given you a set letter you are able to easily send out, but we encourage you to add personal stories, thoughts and comments as well. There is an optional 'additional comments' area for this. Thank you!
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