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Re: “Tell Us How You Really Feel: Vaccine Exemptions

I completely support this bill. As a parent in Oregon who fully vaccinates my children, I find it truly unfair that parents who are choosing not to vaccinate are using my vaccinated children as a shield to protect their children. If everyone chose to make the choice these parents are making, we'd be back to pre-measles vaccine rates of more than 2 million children dying annually from measles. If it's not ok for everyone to make that decision, why is it ok for you? The only reason we don't have an epidemic on our hands is because the rest of us are vaccinating.

This bill does not force parents to vaccinate, but it does make it very inconvenient for them - they will need to find another way to educate their children. I think that inconvenience is necessary to prevent Oregon's immunization rates from sliding into an even more dangerous place. If reason and logic isn't convincing enough people to do the right thing, we need the government to step in and help protect those in the community who are most vulnerable. Oregon is a very friendly state for homeschoolers, and that is always an option for those who choose to take advantage of herd immunity without contributing to it. These parents might not like that option, but that's ok with me. I don't like the choices they're making that put vulnerable people at risk.

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Posted by Momsense on 03/06/2015 at 10:19 AM

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