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States Mull Tightening Exemptions for Routine Childhood Vaccines

By The Associated Press — March 20, 2019 1 min read

Maine lawmakers would end nonmedical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines required by schools and certain health-care facilities, under a Democratic bill.

A Republican bill, however, would leave medical exemptions at the “sole discretion” of a health-care provider. That measure would also prevent medical exemptions from being reviewed and school boards and municipalities from having stricter immunization requirements than state law.

Federal data show Maine had among the nation’s highest rate of nonmedical exemptions in 2017-18.

Multiple studies have debunked claims that measles, mumps, and rubella vaccinations increase the risk for autism.

Oregon and Washington state are also considering bills to end nonmedical exemptions for routine childhood vaccines.

A version of this article appeared in the March 20, 2019 edition of Education Week as States Mull Tightening Exemptions for Routine Childhood Vaccines

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