SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Senate approved a bill requiring parents to learn more about vaccinations before refusing them for their children.
It passed 16 to 13 Thursday and now heads to the house for a vote. Reports show Oregon has the highest rate of parents refusing immunizations for their kindergartners. Health officials say this rate is alarming but opponents say this requirement interferes with religious beliefs.
Currently, parents can sign a form to release their kids from getting the shot. The new law will require parents to meet with a doctor or watch educational materials before opting out.