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New bill would require public schools to share information on legal exemptions for vaccines

(Ohio) – House Bill 132 introduced by Rep. Don Manning would make it mandatory for public schools to inform parents regarding all of their options for vaccine exemptions.

The bill would require school districts to completely explain all exemption options via forms distributed to parents. Law in Ohio currently allows parents to opt out of childhood vaccinations for several reasons including medical, religious or reasons of conscience.

The move from Manning comes after complaints from his constituents who accused districts of misinforming them about current exemption laws. While HB132 would not change any of those laws, it would require correct information be distributed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and others have condemned the proposed legislation as they point to recent outbreaks of measles, mumps, and whooping cough.

A survey conducted in 2015 by the Center for Disease and Control discovered that fewer than 50 percent of the adult population is up to date on their vaccinations.

 

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