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IN THE NEWS!

Albany Democrat Herald: Make informed decisions (6/11/13)

The Oregonian: Senate passes bill tightening rules for vaccine exemption (6/6/13)

Leud Report: Partisan Politics Throw Vaccine Law Into Question (5/22/13)

Letter written from Immunization Action Coalition to Senate Health Committee (3/13/13)

The Oregonian Editorial: A Shot in the Arm for Oregon (3/4/13)

Moms Who Vax Blog: They Don't Speak for Me, Why We Must Act Now (2/23/13)

OregonLive: Oregon public health advocates push to beef up vaccination education, lagging rates (2/22/13)

KGW: Vaccine Exlusion Day Feb. 20 for Oregon Kids (2/20/13)

Forbes: How Vaccines Have Changed Our World In One Graphic (2/19/13)

KATU News: Testimony heard over vaccination exemption for children (2/19/13)

KATU News: Opting Out of Vaccines (2/18/13)

Lake Oswego KATU: Do your kids have their shots? Exclusion Day is Wednesday (2/18/13)

The World: Group wants to mandate shot education (2/13/13)

Bend Bulletin: State wants more kids immunized (2/7/13)

Democrat Herald: Some parents opting out of immunizations (2/7/13)

NEJM: Pertactin-Negative Variants of Bordetella pertussis in the United States (2/7/13)

NEJM: Priming with Whole-Cell versus Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (2/7/13)

HealthDay: Some Whooping Cough Strains Now Outsmarting Vaccine (2/6/13)

KATU Reports First Measles Case Since 2000 (1/25/13)

The Lund Report: Oregon has the highest rate of vaccine-exempted kindergartners

Reuters: Close to half of kids late recieving vaccines, study (1/21/13)

The Oregonian (Front Page): Have Your Kids Had Their Shots? (1/16/13)

Bend Bulletin: Editorial: A plan to teach skeptics about vaccinations 

Dr. Jay Rosenbloom on Lars Larson re: Immunization Exemptions 

Bend Bulletin: Editorial: Drop religious exemption for vaccinations (11/07/12)

Oregonian: Editorial: A plague of vaccine exemptions (6/16/12)

Medford Mail Tribune: Guest editorial: Jay Rosenbloom: Recent outbreaks reinforce need for vaccinations (6/4/12)

Portland Tribune: Religious exemptions tilt immunization's balance (2/16/12)

 

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SB132

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.  
 

Senate Bill 132 seeks to promote informed decision making among parents about immunizations. When parents choose to exempt their child from the required immunizations, this legislation will ensure they learn the risks to their child and others in the community. Parents can either receive the education from their health care provider or a free online educational video.  

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.

Immunizations are an easy and effective way to keep our children, families and communities safe and healthy. Join us in supporting SB 132 to promote informed decision making among parents about immunizations.

How SB 132 would work: Current law requires children in child care and school to submit a form verifying they have received required vaccines.  Parents who choose not to vaccinate their children submit a form stating their exemption.  The new law would require those parents to also submit either a provider signature or a certificate verifying that they have received education about the risks associated with not immunizing their child.  In 2011, Washington passed similar legislation resulting in a 25% decrease in immunization exemptions in that state.

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!

Every Child by Two - 3/26/13
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society - 3/26/13

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
Meningitis Angels
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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MORE INFO


SB132 INFORMATION:
 

 

Press Release Announcing SB132 and Immunization Education Campaign 1/16/13

 

FACTS & INFORMATION REGARDING IMMUNIZATIONS:

http://www.healthoregon.org/imm

http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/Vaccines
Immunization/VaccineSafety/Pages/Linkswelove.aspx