Senate Bill 442

Chief Sponsors:Senator Steiner Hayward , Senator Thomsen

Regular Sponsors:Senator Monnes Anderson , Senator Rosenbaum (Presession Filed)

Bill Title:Relating to submission of information necessary to decline immunizations; declaring an emergency.

Catchline/Summary: Directs Oregon Health Authority to adopt by rule schedule requiring submission of document to school administrator for purposes of declining immunization if document on record does not include signature of health care practitioner verifying that parent has reviewed risks and benefits of immunization or certificate verifying that parent has completed vaccine educational module. 

Current Committee: Senate Committee On Health Care

Text of original bill

Proposed amendment: limits exemptions to medical reasons.  Allowed to die, as of 3/11 other amendments are pending.

Analysis:  Currently the bill being considered for amendments  eliminate non-medical exemptions. Oregon's school immunization law is among the most lax in the country, and the Oregon non-medical exemption rate is the highest in the country with 7 percent unvaccinated as of the 2013-14 school year.  

Removing non-medical exemptions should be supported as it will increase vaccination rates, protecting the community from measles, mumps, chickenpox and other childhood illness.

Oregonian Editorial: Banning most exemptions to vaccines a wise move for public health: Editorial Agenda 2015

The bill is opposed by Oregon Chiropractic Association and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

 In committee upon adjournment of the 2015 session.