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.
The bill is opposed by Oregon Chiropractic Association and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
In committee upon adjournment of the 2015 session.