States Consider Ending Religious Exemptions From Vaccine Requirements.


In the wake of measles outbreaks in several states, legislators are considering bills that would limit or end religion-based exemptions from mandatory vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that there were 17 cases of measles outbreaks in the United States last year. Washington state was hit hard, and similar cases occurred in New York and New Jersey. State officials say the problem was exacerbated by high numbers of unvaccinated children.

Washington is among 47 states that allow parents with religious objections to opt out of vaccines for their children, but a state representative has called for tightening the exemption, reported The Washington Post. Similar measures are pending in New Jersey, New York, Iowa, Maine and Vermont, The Post reported. Seventeen states also allow "personal or philosophical" objections to vaccines as well, and those exemptions are also...

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